The Daughters

The Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"When Lulu was a child, her strong-willed grandmother Ada filled her head with fables of the family's enchanted history in the Polish countryside. A fantastical lore took hold-an incantatory mix of young love, desperate hope, and one sinister bargain that altered the family's history forever. Since that fateful pact, Ada tells Lulu, each mother in their family has been given a daughter, but each daughter has exacted an essential cost from her mother. Ada was the first to recognize young Lulu's transcendent talent, spotting it early on in their cramped Chicago apartment, then watching her granddaughter ascend to dizzying heights in packed international concert halls. But as the curse predicted, Lulu's mother, a sultry and elusive jazz singer, disappeared into her bitterness in the face of Lulu's superior talent-before disappearing from her family's life altogether. Now, in the early days of her own daughter's life, Lulu now finds herself weighing her overwhelming love for her child against the burden of her family's past"
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, A division of W. W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781631490453
Branch Call Number: FICTION Celt Adrienne 07/2015
Characteristics: 272 pages ;,22 cm


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Mar 17, 2018

I enjoyed the lyricism of this book tremendously. It has a very poetic quality while remaining accessible. The explorations of how becoming a parent can challenge, limit, and transform a life are poignant. A beautiful first novel.

Mar 07, 2017

The writing itself is fine but the storyline (or lack thereof) left me so disappointed. Nothing really happens. No climax, no epiphany, no special wisdom or insight. Not even a backstory for the infidelity. I liked Ada the best and she dies at the beginning.

Feb 25, 2016

This is a book about motherhood. I apparently thought it was going to be about something else, because initially I was impatient with the plot and annoyed by the pervasive superiority complexes that the characters all seemed to have. I noticed myself losing interest in it and almost stopped reading. But it was enjoyable enough to keep going and I'm glad I did. It made me contemplate the personal narratives and folklore we weave around ourselves to hold our lives together, as well as the complex dynamics of motherhood.

My own daughter's birth was traumatic and my grandmother died shortly thereafter. So there was lots to think about.


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