It jumped around too much -- following 4 women, back in time, current time, forward in time...which I normally can follow and understand why writers do it, but French couldn't decide on whether to write in third person or first -- and never the same character! I really wish she had written a book about writing :), See 1 question about Her Mother's Daughter…, SOLVED. Now that I've finished it I can't say I'm sorry I did, but it if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't. Famed feminist Marilyn Frenchs life-affirming saga celebrates the love and sacrifices of four generations of Polish-American mothers and daughters. Her Mother’s Daughter is the debut novel from journalist and writer Alice Fitzgerald, just published with Allen & Unwin It is a novel set across two decades telling the tale of ‘a troubled and emotionally abusive mother and her innocent ten-year-old daughter’ against the backdrop of London and Ireland. Husbands who see woman only as extensions of themselves. Sloppy writing, mixed time sequences i.e., Grant story - started screwing in '65, but after separation reunite in '64. You are transported back in time to when Josephine was a little girl and are taken through step by step her harrowing experiences. Josephine's story starts back in time when she is just a teenager leaving her family in Ireland to start a new life in London. Then dawns that fateful freaky Friday-- when Anna and Tess switch bodies, and must learn to live in each other's place. Divored fathers who don't support their children. Her mother doesn’t believe her story and so begins years of torment. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Does she ballcocks! I'm thinking maybe she edited the book together form several different pieces she had written? Talk about Mommie Dearest? For me, it wasn't a book that I had to finish once I started and when I put it down for just a day, it was difficult getting back into. Read this when I was young, but might reread it now that I have 2 daughters of my own. Amazon. Two Mums, two daughters - the first having suffered both mental and physical abuse at the hands of family; atrocities so abhorrent they are are almost unimaginable. Four generations of woman are interwoven in a story that replicates itself with each generation. Yuki’s inner strength, as well as her intelligence and athletic abilities, help her to cope with an almost intolerable situation. Her husband Michael is also a brilliant character, such a kind hearted caring man who only wants the best for his family. I sincerely hope that Alice Fitzgerald has been spared some of the more difficult experiences she so clearly and bravely narrates in Her Mothers Daughter. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Now she has her children, Clare and Thomas, but is battling her demons and cannot look after her children properly. After a struggle, I'd eventually refigure out who was. I don't want to say too much and spoil the book for anyone but I would urge you to read this amazing, beautifully written book. Famed feminist Marilyn French’s life-affirming saga celebrates the love and sacrifices of four generations of Polish-American mothers and daughters. Two Mums, two daughters - the first having suffered both mental and physical abuse at the hands of family; atrocities so abhorrent they are are almost unimaginable. Every time I was ready to quit, there would be some extremely real moment between a mother and daughter or harsh truth about the nature of relationships and generations that would suck me back in. Four generations of woman are interwoven in a story that replicates itself with. Be the first to ask a question about Her Mother’s Daughter. I came away thankful for the love and acceptance I was given by my mother througout my life and also grateful to some degree that I did not have female children - although that relationship can also provide some of the greatest joys - if. The room is a total blackout and her rapist is lumpy and drunk. Not for the faint-hearted, it is a devastatingly realistic story of emotional and physical abuse and how its effects continue to be felt down the generations of women in one family. 761 pages of small print. I highly recommend this book, a great if not sad story where past meets present. I also want to get The Reader newsletter featuring book deals, recommendations, and news. She's always … I sincerely hope there is nothing autobiographical about this book. I take my hat off to the author for. Don't be fooled by the covered wagon. The story shows that no matter how different it can seem they are closer than you think. However, the knowledge that Mary's birth was a gift from heaven and that heaven's gifts must eventually be returned to heaven makes Mary's father feel a little less sad. Although not a long book, this is certainly full of character. The damage is harder to fix. Mother's who love their children and can not express it in a way that the children recognize it, receive it and respond to it. Now she has her children, Clare and Thomas, but is battling her demons and cannot look after her children properly. I found this book to be frustrating and tedious at times yet I also felt I gained understanding of myself, my mother, my sister and perhaps women in general....it was written in the late 80s and that is reflected, but many observations continue to be valid. I picked up a tattered, used version in a book store years ago simply because I had enjoyed The Women's Room so much and wanted to read something else by Marilyn French. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. For example when Josephine, as a child has her teeth chiseled down by her father, using an actual chisel, because they couldn't afford the dentist, my god that sent my teeth right on edge! Perhaps it's the sign of good writing that I feel such wide range of emotion reading this, including anger towards Josephine? It is a tense and often uncomfortable read yet is chillingly compelling. The book is told from Josephines perspective, alternating with her 10-year-old daughter Clares perspective. her mother screamed and slammed a heavy palm on the arm of her chair. An Instant New York Times Bestseller. I just visited the tenement museum in NYC and it reminded me of this book, which I read 12 years ago. Seventeen years after fleeing Ireland with the intention never to return and now with two children and a husband of her own, Josephine has never come to terms or left the trauma of her old memories behind. Yes! Seventeen years after fleeing Ireland with the intention never to return and now with two children and a husband of her own, Josephine has never come to terms or left the trauma of her old memories behind. What the absolute bejayzus! She married Robert M. French Jr. in 1950; the couple divorced in 1967. The way she then goes on to treat her daughter makes you want to save Clare from this awful situation. Barnes & Noble. This novel is dual time frame and is the story about four generations of Irish women, but mainly featuring a mother and daughter Josephine and Clare. Famed feminist Marilyn French’s life-affirming saga celebrates the love and sacrifices of four generations of Polish-American mothers and daughters. We also get to hear her daughter, Claire's, perspective on how her mother's sudden mood swings affect her daily. We’d love your help. An accomplished debut novel. This isn't Minnesota, folks. By Marilyn French. Hopefully, Clare was able to escape the circle of abuse, through Josephine´s departure. Josephine came over from Ireland to London and marries Michael, escaping home and the abuse of her past. As time went by she became convinced it must have been her own father. Summary. This nonfiction narrative essay was originally given as a talk during the 1989 State of the Language Symposium; it was later published by The Threepenny Review in 1990. mistake - A sign of bacterial infection up the arm = a RED streak, not a blue streak !! She is a first generation Canadian of Bajan descent. by Atlantic Books. This was a hard read for me at times. As a child, Josephine lives with her mother and father but has a very strong relationship with her maternal grandmother. She later attended Harvard University, earning a Ph.D in 1972. I sincerely hope that Alice Fitzgerald has been spared some of the more difficult experiences she so clearly and bravely narrates in Her Mother’s Daughter. Her Mother's Daughter is the debut novel of Alice Fitzgerald and I think that the cover picture depicts the story very well, as we see a mother and daughter together but at the same time so very far apart. A tension rises to the surface during a hospital stay as Lucy’s mother tells stories of her daughter’s harsh upbringing. Clasping a fragile hope, she is determined to make a fresh start of things in the city. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This was after all 1980 not 1920. In 1997 Josephine's daughter Clare is 10 years old and already knows how to avoid her mother's mood swings and drinking, so when she finds out that they are going to Ireland to visit the grandparents she is very excited....but what secrets will come out of the woodwork! I didn't know much about this book before picking it up and have to say that I really enjoyed the story. Father's who don't express love to their children. And yet... Why oh why not speak up about it? My Heart. Her mother died of a cerebral aneurysm, which her father blames on a very large idea that burst in her head. As Jessie continues to parry her mother's attempts to talk her out of suicide, Thelma is increasingly horrified that the reasons for suicide are sensible. Her Mothers Daughter is the story of how a family holiday brings reminders of a mothers traumatic childhood and unravels the threads of her family that she is trying to hold onto. Explores the way daughters often work to avoid their mothers' mistakes but end up making their own. Ruth is a self-sufficient woman who makes her living as a ghostwriter for self-help books. I had a very hard time finishing this book; yet,I was driven to finish it. I am reading this book now and 3/4 thru it. Josephine came over from Ireland to London and marries Michael, escaping home and the abuse of her past. Written in 2 voices- 10 year old Claire and her mother Josephine this story describes how one family is torn apart by the mothers childhood experiences and subsequent coping methods (or lack of coping, resorting to alcohol). Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, and Helios, god of the sun, hear Persephone's cries. I have a low tolerance, though, for stories of abusive relationships, especially involving children, and was squirming with worry throughout as to where this was going. Not because the story was boring but because the detail was so graphic. And so, years later, having escaped her family home and met a wonderful caring man, the bile, poison and hurt which have laid dormant for so long, begins to seep out when she marries said lovely fella and goes on to have her own children. Summary: “Mother Tongue”. Her Mother's Daughter. A Debut Novelist's 2020 Reading that Mirrors Our Timeline. Growing up she is molested in her bedroom when very young. It is a bit scary being a mother and thinking about how one becomes one's mother often in various ways even as one has resisted this all one's life! People who enjoy books about mothers and daughters, and their legacies. Since then, “Mother Tongue” has been anthologized countless times and won notable awards and honors, … We glorify mothers, call them our BFFs, place them on a pedestal nearly as high as the Virgin Mary’s. Impressive, if a bit oppressive, at this point. I take my hat off to the author for writing about mental illness and the effect it has on, not only the person but the entire family. Plot summary. Caylee Marie Anthony (August 9, 2005 – 2008) was an American girl who lived in Orlando, Florida, with her mother, Casey Marie Anthony (born March 19, 1986), and her maternal grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony. It is a bit scary being a mother and thinking about how one becomes one's mother often in various ways even as one has resisted this all one's life! It would be impossible to take sides - my heart went out to both Josephine and her daughter Clare as I think was the author’s intention - and my main concern was how the cycle could be broken. Her Mother's Daughter is a very emotional book told from the perspective of two generations of one family - the mother damaged by her childhood and the daughter damaged by her mother's childhood. Mrs. Kearney is not surprised when Mr. Holohan proposes that Kathleen perform as an accompanist in the series, and she advises Mr. Holohan in drawing up a contract to secure a payment of eight guineas for Kathleen’s performance in the four concerts. Jumps in and out of characters' minds making it difficult to know who is telling the story when. More important, however, Hester plans to plead for the right to keep her daughter. The depiction of the mother as seen through her daughters eyes will likely give any parent pause for thought as they try to instil in their offspring what they consider acceptable behaviour. Her Mother’s Daughter is the story of a woman, Josephine, damaged by her own childhood in Ireland and follows her journey to London and recounts her struggle with a family secret that has marked her life and prevented her ever returning home. This novel is dual time frame and is the story about four generations of Irish women, but mainly featuring a mother and daughter Josephine and Clare. [Such a story of prolonged abuse can be hard to read,but it is dealt with with class and it never felt exploitative. Part of the story is written with Josephines story and part in Clare's story and we find out what did happen all those years ago and the fact that it is still haunting Josephine and now she has her daughter to protect as well. It's certainly left me appreciating what a brilliant Mum I had! This book tells the story of Josephine, who leaves Ireland for London, in an attempt to escape an abusive childhood and start over. I really enjoyed the first half of this book and I was. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Years later she became an instructor at Hofstra University. The knock on effects throughout the mother's life are well written and thought threw. “It's strange how men feel they have the right to criticize a woman's appearance to her face.”, “Desire consumes you, it takes you over. The daughters insights into how her mothers lifestyle can destroy there normal life. The depiction of the mother as seen through her daughter’s eyes will likely give any parent pause for thought as they try to instil in their offspring what they consider acceptable behaviour. An interesting story of three generations of women, but I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. The story has family secrets which stem back to the time of Josephines mum giving birth to her brother and something unthinkable happens that stays with Josephine all her life. The words and actions of the characters were contrived and predicable. Best Book Club Guide. And yet... Why oh why not speak up about it? The tantalising thought that this could be an autobiography, along with the fact that I had recently met the author, was the perfect catalyst for pushing this debut novel to the top of my TBR list. Her Mother’s Daughter is a very hard-hitting book about the intertwined lives of two generations. Annabel and her mother Tess are constant quibblers. We’d love your help. I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down until I finished it. A recent study from the University of Georgia found that, even more than other family dynamics, the mother-daughter relationship determines a girl's future relationship skills and self-esteem. Like others have said, Her Mother's Daughter is about a woman's long-held secret and how it affected her whole family. Alarmed, Hester sets out with Pearl for Governor Bellingham's mansion to deliver gloves that he ordered. While my friends get teary-eyed over sappy mother-daughter newsfeed posts, I feel sick knowing I’ll never have that relationship. The insight by the author in to the events themselves and their knock on effects in Josephine's adult life are well thought through and are revealed to us piecemeal by Josephine herself. My heart ached for Josephine and in particular her poor innocent daughter Clare. I have a low tolerance, though, for stories of abusive relationships, especially involving children, and was squirming with worry throughout as to where this was going. Ten-year-old Clare can’t wait for their summer holiday to visit family in Ireland, hoping that it’ll make her mummy feel better, but things don’t go as smoothly as they all might hope. WOW, I felt every emotion possible reading this story. Husbands who see woman only as extensions of themselves. A family saga with loneliness at its heart. On page 299, when she described Anastasia by her name (third person) and then the next paragraph was talking AS her, that was enough. A strong story of three generations of a large but often unhappy Irish family. Growing up she is molested in her bedroom when very young. 5) “OK, Yollie, I wake you,” said her mother through a mouthful of popcorn. I don't recall the content but I remember loving this book, and Marilyn French, when I was young. On July 15, 2008, she was reported missing in a 9-1-1 call made by Cindy, who said she had not seen Caylee for 31 days and that Casey's car smelled like a dead body had been inside it. Mother's who love their children and can not express it in a way that the children recognize it, receive it and respond to it. To see what your friends thought of this book. We also get to hear her daughter, Claire's, perspective on how her mother's sudden mood swings affect her daily life. Her Mother's Daughter is the debut novel of Alice Fitzgerald and I think that the cover picture depicts the story very well, as we see a mother and daughter together but at the same time so very far apart. I cannot relate to the universal “mom knows best” adage. It is a tense and often uncomfortable read yet is chillingly compelling. The story is told from the points of view of Josephine and her daughter, Clare. She subsequently fails Martine's test, and is thrown out of the house, whereupon she elopes with Joseph to Providence, R.I. Sophie arrives in La Nouvelle Dame Marie, Haiti, with her infant daughter Brigitte, not having spoken to her mother in two years. The martyr in her keeps schtum instead choosing to take her pain out on her own children, treating them appallingly and cruelly. Excellent book. WOW, I felt every emotion possible reading this story. Of course it would be difficult, but surely better to seek help? She ends up leaving the family home in 1980 and goes to London to build a new life for herself. Him is a noted poet suffering from writer's block following the loss of his first wife. It is a bit too long and some of the details are boring but overall a good read. She is so traumatised that she. Tess's fiance is an unacceptable replacement for Anna's dad, and Anna's music, friends, grades and taste in boys (ad nausem) are all unacceptable in her mother's eyes. It may have been the wrong Marilyn French novel to start with as introduction to her works. Painful. I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I think the point of view chapters work really well for a story like this. Will the cycle ever be broken? Much of their life is about routine family obligations, keeping the house clean, and senseless neighborhood gossip; there's not necessarily that much to … This. She is the elder of four children and is a helpful, thoughtful little girl. You forget yourself completely. Have to say, at this point, even the wonderful Michael slightly dipped in my estimation over his lack of dealing with both his wife and protecting his children. 4) “Mom, wake me up when the movie’s over so I can go to bed,” mumbled Yollie. The daughters insights into how her mother’s lifestyle can destroy there normal life. Daisy Coleman's mom shared several heartbreaking posts on Facebook about losing her daughter to suicide just hours before taking her own life. It seems that Josephine understood that her daughter was being abused in her own way, even if it was psychological and not physical abuse. The book lists all the bad things that can befall a child outside the home. Her Mothers Daughter, by Alice Fitzgerald, tells the story of a womans unravelling from the points of view of both her and her young daughter. 2018 Then seventeen years. Not because the story was boring but because the detail was so graphic. The longer I let it sit, the more difficult it was to follow when I returned to it, almost making me think that I should reread up to where I had stopped, but it wasn't that interesting to have that happen. [s], Bestselling Authors' Exclusive Insights on Their Biggest Books. While it is slow to get going, I really got into the 4 generations of this family of mothers and daughters and how the narration moves back and forth between them, both talking about their lives from their perspectives and then from their daughters perspectives. Demeter is terrified when she hears her daughter's scream. She has left behind her family and the future is bright. I had a very hard time finishing this book; yet,I was driven to finish it. Google. Custom forces Yuki to stay with her cold and indifferent father, Hideki, and her insensitive and vindictive stepmother, Hanae. French works hard to present honest portrayals of how hard woman did and do work to make family work. Subscribe. A mother tells her daughter not to ride her bicycle around the corner, because she will fall and her mother will not hear her cry. She is so traumatised that she keeps her eyes tightly closed and is unsure of who is attacking her. This was a hard read for me at times. Two months after her mother Suyuan passes away, Jing-mei “June” Woo is asked by her father Canning to take over her mother’s spot in the Joy Luck Club, a weekly mahjong game night that’s been held for nearly forty years, since 1949. Sign up for the Early Bird Books newsletter and get the best daily ebook deals delivered straight to your inbox. If Marilyn French sees herself reflected in the main character of this book, then she has used feminism as a justification for her self-centeredness. Well written with utterly convincing characters and situations, alternating narration between mother and daughter, often showing the same event from the two perspectives. She asks all around, but nobody can tell her what happened. “On My First Daughter” Summary Here lies, much to the sorrow of her parents, Mary, whom her parents had when they were young. Finally, in desperation, Sophie impales herself her mother's spice pestle, breaking her hymen. Mother walks through the house which seems completely empty and as she steps out onto the porch to look him outside, he comes up from behind and startles her, hugging her. She says this is written in a Chinese book the daughter cannot read called The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates. The story has family secrets which stem back to the time of Josephines mum giving birth to her brother and something unthinkable happens that stays with Josephine all her life. In Her Mother's Daughter Marilyn French reveals the chain of destiny forged by the novel's mother-daughter relationship—links that endure and constrain through the several generations of women portrayed in the narrative. With Bella Dabrowski close to death, her daughter Anastasia, who has reinvented herself as Stacey Stevens, is trying to penetrate the longstanding barriers between them to … A mother and daughter bond is very special yet sometimes very tough. Our Book Club page for Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova - includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Author Website, Book Summary, Talking Points, Review & Reader Comments Josephine's (mother) past haunts her through her adult life and taints the relationship she has with Clare (daughter). 46 reviews. I imagine they all die miserably. Painful. “Mother Tongue” explores Amy Tan’s relationship with the English language, her mother, and writing. Wonderful book. 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