Letter to My Daughter
Dear Elizabeth,It’s early morning and I’m sitting here wondering where you are, hoping you’re all right. A fight, ended by a slap, sends Elizabeth out the door of her Baton Rouge home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her mother, Laura, is left to fret and worry—and remember. Wracked with... show more
Dear Elizabeth,It’s early morning and I’m sitting here wondering where you are, hoping you’re all right. A fight, ended by a slap, sends Elizabeth out the door of her Baton Rouge home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her mother, Laura, is left to fret and worry—and remember. Wracked with guilt as she awaits Liz’s return, Laura begins a letter to her daughter, hoping to convey “everything I’ve always meant to tell you but never have.”In her painfully candid confession, Laura shares memories of her own troubled adolescence in rural Louisiana, growing up in an intensely conservative household. She recounts her relationship with a boy she loved despite her parents’ disapproval, the fateful events that led to her being sent away to a strict Catholic boarding school, the personal tragedy brought upon her by the Vietnam War, and, finally, the meaning of the enigmatic tattoo below her right hip. Absorbing and affirming, George Bishop’s magnificent debut brilliantly captures a sense of time and place with a distinct and inviting voice. Letter to My Daughter is a heartwrenching novel of mothers, daughters, and the lessons we all learn when we come of age.
Publish date: February 16th 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
Sometimes it is the simplest book that make the most impact. This story written in the form of a letter from mother to daughter is just beautifully done. I am always impressed when an author can convey a complete beginning, middle and end under 200 pages. To me, that is harder work than that 400...
The mother-daughter relationship is an undefinable dichotomy that is either not addressed in fictional entertainment or belittled. I had my reservations about this book (considering it’s written by a George) but it does a great job of addressing the relationship in a realistic and matter-o-fact sty...
I'm not sure I'd characterize Letter to My Daughtert as a mother-daughter story. It's kind of a "mother-was-a-daughter-once-too" story.Laura and her daughter Elizabeth are going through the rough patch known as "adolescence," which can frequently be especially rough for the mother-daughter relations...