Letter to My Daughter: A Novel

Letter to My Daughter: A Novel

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Letter to My Daughter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
After a terrible family fight, Laura, the protagonist in a Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop, pens a letter to her runaway daughter Liz. While Laura awaits fifteen year old Liz's return she decides to write her a letter. In short, to tell her daughter the things she always wanted to tell her, but never did. Laura's conversational letter, which spans the length of the novella, is her attempt to share her own tumultuous teenage years during the Vietnam era. As Laura confesses: " If I could speak now to my fifteen-year-old self, I might tell her to be more forgiving of her parents. Maybe they were doing the best they could. It's possible. If adulthood has taught me anything, it's that even grown-ups are fallible. We're not a whole lot smarter than we were at fifteen. We still feel the same stir of emotions, the same awkward human needs and doubts we felt when we were teenagers. Only the shell grows thicker; the inside, the more tender parts, remain surprisingly unchanged. Often - and this is a secret that not many parents will tell their children - often we don't know what the hell we're doing. And so we yell, we shout, we slap our children. We still make mistakes, daughter. Oh yes, all the time." This slender (126 pages), yet riveting novella, can easily be devoured in one sitting. The letter itself is believable as a mother writing to her young daughter. Letter to My Daughter is a compelling and candid coming of age saga of young life and love during the early seventies. (Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 16, 2010), 160 pages Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.)
Anonymous 5 months ago
This was an extremely touching, beautifully written letter. One I am sure any Mother could have written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
124 pages on my nook. Wow!!! Couldn't believe a man wrote this from a woman's perspective. I really enjoyed this fast read. R.G ?
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Jamie Holley More than 1 year ago
Loved this book easy read and it sucks you in
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Laura the mom and Elizabeth the teenage daughter have a major argument over boys. Raging the fifteen years old Liz races out of the house after her frustrated mom slaps her. Upset and worried, Laura decides to write a letter to her daughter about how she as a teenage girl became a woman. In 1969 in a small town Louisiana high school Laura and impoverished Cajun Tim Prejean were dating over the objection of her parents. Knowing their daughter rebelled against their authority with Tim as a token, they transferred Laura to a strict private Catholic school Sacred Heart for girls only. In spite of derision from her classmates over seeing a Cajun, Laura and Tim continued to exchange letters even after he is drafted and sent to Vietnam. However, she begins to question their relationship though she does not want to hurt her first love. Putting aside the problem with a mom writing a novella sized letter while her daughter has just ran away in anger, fans will enjoy this mother-daughter relationship drama as Laura looks back at her teen years. Laura is an interesting protagonist as she wonders if she waited to late to tell her story starting with Tim and her parents sending her to school to end their relationship. Readers will enjoy Laura's pearls of wisdom that she prays she can apply to her relationship with her daughter starting with simply two way communicating. Harriet Klausner
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hottieNJ More than 1 year ago
When Liz's mother smacks her across the face she runs away from home. Her mother is prompted to revisit her own relationship with her parents when she was Liz's age, resulting in a journey down old roads and scars. Bishop writes with the heart and perception of a young girl. While Liz is missing her mother decides to write about what it was like to be Liz's age, revealing a heart wrenching secret. Letter to My Daughter is a beautiful story about courage and love.
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DH515 More than 1 year ago
If you start this book put aside a few hours to read it cause you won't be able to put it down. As the mother of four daughters I totally related to the tight rope act that mothers and daughters walk through the teenage years. Mr. Bishop does an amazing job of expressing the feelings and emotions in the mother - daughter relationship. If you are the parent of a teenager, this is a must read.
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homereader More than 1 year ago
I was astounded that a guy could write a novel that was "on target" about a mother and daughter. I have a general preference for woman authors, because I am better able to relate, but this is an exception. This book is highly readable and enjoyable. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting. I highly recommend this book for any daughter who is in her mid teens or older and/ or her mother (no age limitations!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent especially for mothers and daughters. The story illustrated the fact that mothers were once "girls" with problems just like their daughters' generation. This book is definitely a book mothers will want to share with their older daughters and grandmothers can share with their older granddaughters. The ending was totally unexpected.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
When her daughter Liz runs away from home on the eve of her 15th birthday, Laura decides to pass the excruciating hours waiting and hoping for her to come back by writing Liz a letter about her own troubled teen years. Through her words, Laura reveals herself to her daughter completely: the difficult relationship she had with her own parents, how she resented her mother most of all, her relationship with a boy named Tim, and the consequences to her life because of that relationship. She talks honestly about her own sexual choices and why she rebelled against authority. And Laura is candid about her mistakes with Liz, and she makes a plea for understanding, saying parents don't always know what they are doing when raising their children. They often get by doing the best they know how to do. Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs with girls in high school to read. Daughters often tend to think their mothers can't possibly understand what they're going through, but this book encourages girls to see their moms in a new light. Pre-book club discussion may be even more valuable, as moms and daughters may talk candidly about the mom's formative years and how it affects her parenting now. It could also prompt conversation about the daughter's world, and pressure she may feel from her friends or boyfriend. When I started to read Letter to My Daughter, I was skeptical that a man could write well about a mother-daughter relationship. But that concern quickly went away as Laura's strong voice brought me into her story. It's a story that doesn't include details about the years between her teen life and this letter, but that focus on a specific time period helps define the era she lived in as well as the circumstances she faced. I found it totally engrossing, and I highly recommend it as a mother-daughter book club pick.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I won an advanced copy on Firstsreads, and I wasn't expecting much. The book was awfully thin, and the cover, title, and premise seemed a little frilly at first. I, however, was pleasantly surprised. This was a quick read I completed in a couple of hours. The story, once I started, drew me in. I am still shocked that such a touching little novel was written by a man. It was pretty accurate in its depictions of a mother-daughter relationship, and it made me wonder about my own mother's mysterious tattoo.....anyway, my only wish was that it was longer. The writing was good and the story was realistic, but I'm still wanting more. That perhaps is a good thing. Nothing earth-shattering but if you are looking for a quick, feel-good read, I recommmend Letter to My Daughter.