- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345515986
- ISBN-13: 978-0345515988
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.
About the Author
George Bishop holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won the department’s Award of Excellence for a collection of stories. He has spent most of the past decade living and teaching overseas in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and Japan. He now lives in New Orleans.
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
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 pager since every word and description has to count. I think that this is a timeless classic that covers every struggle that mothers and daughters seem to encounter, no matter which era it occurs.
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