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Mothers and daughters : a novel
Rae Meadows
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Meadows (Calling Out) lightly explores the interplay between mothers and daughters in this thin intergenerational drama. Sam, a 30-something new mom, tries to meet the needs of her daughter and maintain her own identity while dealing with the recent death of her mother, Iris. We meet Iris just before her death as she invites Sam home to help her prepare for her demise. Then there's Violet, Iris's mother, who at the age of 11 roamed the streets of New York, until her poverty-stricken mother put her on an orphan train to the Midwest. Violet's story is the best told, with details of her New York life and her experiences on the orphan train easily stealing the show from the more staid and familiar contemporary plot. Generational differences in opportunities, attitudes, and expectations are patly played out, but there's little attention paid to anything deeper than the surface ways the women affect each others' lives. Meadows writes decent prose, but the story doesn't dig deep enough. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

New mother Samantha is dealing with a lot: her inability to reengage with her career or find interest in anything except her baby daughter, a souring relationship with her husband, and the recent death of her mother. When she receives a box of her mother's things that had been misplaced for years, Samantha discovers the truth about her grandmother Violet's upbringing in the Bronx as a neglected child, and she comes to understand her mother-and herself-in new ways. Samantha makes two controversial decisions, either of which could have served as the novel's centerpiece. Readers may be a bit surprised by the relatively brief treatment of these two major issues and their impact on Samantha. However, the multigenerational story, which jumps back and forth in time, is poignant, and Meadows (No One Tells Everything) brings to light an interesting slice of American social history through Violet's journey from New York on the Children's Aid Society's "orphan train." VERDICT An engaging story of three generations of strong women and the choices they make.-Beth Blakesley, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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