Susan Musgrave, Editor
“This collection features seven poignant and remarkably honest essays by adult daughters about their relationships with their mothers during their teenage years. Nancy Lee’s gentle and evocative story, “If You Can’t Be Good,” relates how she and her mother realized that, no matter what, they belong to one another and are both part of the human condition. For every daughter who has ever wished her mother away, Priscila Uppal’s recollection of being abandoned by her mother is heart wrenching. Written by adults reflecting on their youth, these stories may not have the immediacy that readers might expect, but the authors do have much in common with contemporary teens. No dates are given, perhaps implying that the experiences described are universal and timeless. For teens who can appreciate the bittersweet side of growing up, these small gems demonstrate the separate peace that can come to both mothers and daughters.” (Amazon)
(Annick Press, 2003)
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