Lise Saffran is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary magazines. She lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and two sons.
Juno's Daughters: A Novelby Lise Saffran
Jenny Alexander has sought refuge from a troubled past on a tiny, verdant island, off the coast of Washington state. Surrounded by the cold water of the Puget Sound, she does her best to raise her girls,/b>/i>
Love takes center stage when a single mother and her teenage daughters play Juno, Iris and Ceres in a summer production of The Tempest.
Jenny Alexander has sought refuge from a troubled past on a tiny, verdant island, off the coast of Washington state. Surrounded by the cold water of the Puget Sound, she does her best to raise her girls, innocent Frankie, and thrill-seeking Lilly, in a tight-knit community of eccentrics and dreamers.
The island bursts open each summer with the arrival of actors leading the annual Shakespeare production. A handsome thespian from New York reawakens Jenny to long-buried desires. As the intensity of rehearsals builds toward the live run of The Tempest, a potent mixture of actors, islanders and tourists, besotted by verse and swept up in the romance of the theater, spills the enchantment of the play into the lives of the players.
When Jenny finds her daughters caught up in a "brave new world" of love and heartbreak, she is ultimately thrust into a command performance that will resonate in all their lives.
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Yep but you said no Waveblaze
As a 25 year old woman who is very clise with my momit was extremely difficult for me to get through this book. I really did not like the idea of mom and daughter after the same guy. I also know that my mom would never be able to be with a man that kissed me first. Lilly was annoying to read and it was weird how everytime she did something promiscuios (sp?) her mom got oddly proud and still hooked up with the same guy her daughter did. I just thought the ehole book was strange and awkward. I would not recommend it.
A gentle, beautifully written story of love, all kinds of love – friendship, romantic love, love of place and community, love of Shakespearean theater, and most of all, a mother's love for her daughters. Lise Saffran brings lush San Juan Island to vivid life, and in precise, evocative language, she draws the reader into the complicated lives of her characters, who seemed real to me. It was as if I could take the ferry out to the island and meet every one of them, watch them act in The Tempest, and then we could all sit down to dinner together. The bittersweet, hopeful ending left me eagerly anticipating Ms. Saffran’s next novel.
I started reading this book on a Monday night, forced myself to go to work on Tuesday morning, and finished reading it at 1am on Wednesday morning. If you have a woman in your life that you love and if you love literature, you MUST read this book.
On the San Juan Island in Puget Sound, single mom Jenny Alexander raises her two daughters, seventeen years old Lilly and thirteen years old Frankie. Jenny left her physically abusive husband Monroe while still nursing her youngest. She does need a man permanently in her life; though local carpenter David would like her to reconsider, as Monroe's beatings still linger in her mind. Every year the Islanders host a summer theater festival. This year The Tempest is the main event with a cast of professional actors from New York, Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon. Jenny and Lilly are attracted to Andre the New York actor. Frankie has her own issues, but is tired of the family version of the Tempest. She runs off to Seattle, which turns the Alexander raging storm into a monster. With super interwoven nods to the Bard, Juno's Daughters is an excellent family drama that explores some of the themes of the classic play in a modern context. For instance, the relationships between mom and daughters are brilliantly scrutinized with each holding certain power over the other, but Jenny as the adult rules. The cast makes the tale as the Alexander family star in a terrific contemporary as a "tempest in a teapot" is brewing. Harriet Klausner