The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

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I always hoped [Mary Williams] would tell her incredible story. She's a writer of uncommon clarity and humor, and the arrival of her memoir is cause for celebration." Dave Eggers, author of "What is the What"
As she grew up in 1970s Oakland, California, role models for Mary Williams were few and far between: her father was often in prison, her older sister was a teenage prostitute, and her hot-tempered mother struggled to raise six children alone. For all Mary knew, she was heading down a similar path.
But her life changed when she met Jane Fonda at summer camp in 1978. Fonda grew attached to the bright girl and eventually invited her to become part of her family, becoming the mother Mary never had. Mary s life since has been one of adventure and opportunity from hiking the Appalachian Trail solo, working with the Lost Boys of Sudan, and living in the frozen reaches of Antarctica. Her most courageous trip, though, involved returning to Oakland and reconnecting with her biological mother and family, many of whom she hadn t seen since the day she left home. "The Lost Daughter" is a chronicle of her journey back in time, an exploration of fractured family bonds, and a moving epic of self-discovery."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • PLUME
  • India
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white plates, colour plates
  • 0142180777
  • 9780142180778
  • 677,426

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Praise for "The Lost Daughter "
""The Lost Daughter" is an extraordinary memoir. In fact, this is exactly the kind of story for which memoir was born. Mary Williams has lived more lives than a dozen other women combined. Some of those lives have been brutal and others have been blessed, but she regards every aspect of her remarkable journey with the same sense of clarity, honesty, compassion, and (in delightful outbursts) vivacious wit. I marvel at this book, at this life, at this unforgettable account of a mighty and uncrushable human being."
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Committed"
"I've known Mary Williams for almost ten years now, and I always hoped she would tell her incredible story. She's a writer of uncommon clarity and humor, and the arrival of her memoir is cause for celebration."
Dave Eggers, author of "What is the What" and "A Hologram for the King"
I love the way Mary Williams tells her story, "The Lost Daughter," of living in and between two worlds upheavals and miracles, deprivations, and opportunities. A world of mothers lost and found again. It is ultimately a story about acceptance and forgiveness and gratitude, told with the deepest compassion, honesty and, ultimately, love.
Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues"
A tender memoir of love and redemption. Born during the civil rights movement to Black Panther Party parents, Williams grew up in a tough neighborhood of Oakland, Calif., [until] actress and activist Jane Fonda stepped in and gave the bright 16-year-old girl a new life. And for 30 years, Williams avoided looking backward to her birth mother and rough beginnings....In heartwarming prose, the author explains how she eventually reunited with her siblings, their children and finally her birth mother. A compassionate tale of soul-searching and family love.
"Kirkus"
William s attempts to reconcile her two disparate families and lives form the heart of her conversational narrative of a life changed by what looks like chance....A fascinating picture of Jane Fonda in a maternal role emerges but equally intriguing is Williams s description of life as a small child living in the close-knit Black Panther community. Williams will remind readers that tensions ran high in the 1970s and that sometimes the collateral damage was human life.
"Library Journal""
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About Mary Williams

Mary Williams is the author of the children s book "Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan." She has also written for "McSweeney s" and "O, The Oprah Magazine.""
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355 ratings
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4 31% (109)
3 28% (101)
2 9% (31)
1 2% (8)
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