Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mothers and Daughters

Author: Rae Meadows
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
(March 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780805093834

Book Description:

A rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold...
Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.

About the Author

Rae Meadows is the author of Calling Out, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction, and No One Tells Everything, a Poets & Writers Notable Novel. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit Rae Meadows' website at www.RaeMeadows.com.

My thoughts:

As a mother and daughter, I loved how Rae Meadows wove together the story of three generations of women. It is rich in character development and story line. Very well-written. I enjoyed it very much.

(Thank you to Henry Holt and Company for my review copy.)

1 comment:

Donna said...

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