September 19, 2010

Review: The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard


They were born on the same day, in the same hospital, into families that could hardly have been less alike. Ruth is an artist and a romantic, with a rich and passionate imaginative life. Dana is a scientist and realist whose faith is firmly planted in what she can see or hear or touch. Yet these two very different women share the same struggle to make sense of their place in a world in which neither of them has ever truly felt she belonged. Told in the alternating voices of Ruth and Dana, "The Good Daughters" follows these birthday sisters as they make their way through the decades, from the 1950s to the present. Master storyteller Joyce Maynard chronicles the unlikely ways the two women's lives intersect - from childhood and adolescence to first loves, first sex, marriage, and parenthood; from the deaths of parents to divorce, the loss of home, and the loss of a beloved partner - until an unavoidable moment when a long-held secret from the past alters everything...

One word can sum up how I feel about this book, WOW!  Yes, the word has to be capitalized to get the point across.  The Good Daughters should not be missed!  If you are a woman, you will love this book.  Joyce knows how to get a reader hooked for life.  I can't wait for her next book!




HarperCollins Publishers
August 24, 2010
308 pages
$24.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from HarperCollins.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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40 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing this review. The book sounds so intriguing.

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  2. Sounds like a great read!

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  3. This book sounds really interesting.

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  4. This book sounds really interesting.

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  5. sounds like a book i would like!

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  6. Sounds like a fascinating read, thanks for the review!

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  7. I've been looking forward to this book coming out.
    Sounds fantastic.
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  8. I thought this sounded like an interesting plot.

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  9. I have seen this book on many blogs lately and everyone is saying the same thing: this book is awesome! I cannot wait to read it.
    Thanks,
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  10. This is a really interesting premise for a book!

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  11. I'd like to learn how to write such a concise review. :-)

    JHS
    Colloquium

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  12. I would love to read this book. It sounds like a great read.

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  13. I loved Labor Day-so I can hardly wait to read this one.

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  14. Interesting. I know 2 other girls born on the same date as my daughter. One family and one a really good family friend. It would be interesting to chronicle how their lives connect, intertwine, and how they don't.
    Monique
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  15. Thanks for the review. I have put this one on my wishlist.

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  16. Thank you for the review.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower.

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  18. I like the premise of 2 very different women being born on the same day. Very interesting. (-:

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  19. Would love to read this one!

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  20. sounds great! i've added this one to my list :)

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  21. I love the Wow! comment. It makes me really want to get this book. (I have it on my list of must-reads anyway.)

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  22. I've been a fan of Joyce Maynard since she used to write essays in a woman's magazine (Woman's Day, maybe?) back when her kids were little. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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  23. This book looks like another typically good Joyce Maynard book. Thanks for the review.

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  24. Sounds like a wonderful book ... one that I would really enjoy reading.
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  25. This caught my eye when I read about these women struggling to make sense of their place in this world and not feeling like they belong, it reminds me of myself in alot of ways, so I'd love to find out if the characters find there place to fit in!

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  26. My childhood friend and I don't share the same birthday but we are polar opposites who went through the same milestones together. I'd love to read this book and pass it on to her.

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  27. I can't wait to read this book!

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  28. I like that this story is about sisters, it makes for a very interesting subject. I would enjoy reading this book.

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  29. This book sounds great! Very interesting ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  30. Sounds like a great book!
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  31. Thanks for the strong recommendation!

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  32. sounds like a great beach read

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  33. Sounds interesting to read about their lives!

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  34. ooo sounds good! my email is littleheathen9109 @ Yah00 d0t c0m

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  35. Sounds like a good read, and thanks for posting that video, I'm always interested in hearing what authors have to say :)

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  36. Thank you for the review. You definitely have me wanting to read this book now. I have been looking for something new that will catch my attention, and i think maybe now I have found my next read :) Thanks
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  37. Thanks for reviewing this book favorably. I would really like to read it.

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  38. I always love me a good book :)

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  39. Looks like a great story. Can't wait to read it!

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