Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: Passage, by Sandy Powers

Imagine finding out after your mother dies that she had a secret life! That’s what happened to Sandy Powers, whose father told her that her mother had left a box of documents to be opened by her daughter after her death. Sandy assumed that her mother had been a typical housewife and mother, but the diary pages, letters and newspaper clippings that remained showed that her mother had led quite a different life apart from that at home.

One of the shocking events Sandy discovered was that her parents had witnessed a murder and were key witnesses in a prominent murder trial. But even that was topped by the revelation that Sandy’s mother served as a spy for the FBI to help uncover Communist activity in the early 1950s.

Passage, by Sandy Powers, is a quick read because it’s told mostly through reprints of the actual documents that her mother saved. Photographs are also included. This book will make you wonder how well you really know the ones you love. As the author says of her mother at the end of the book, “How little I knew her.”

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. No financial compensation was provided. The Amazon affiliate links in this post are mine.


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