Motherless Daughters

Motherless Daughters : The Legacy of Loss

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An instant bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, Hope Edelman's Motherless Daughters explores the myriad ways that losing a mother can affect almost every aspect and passage of a woman's life. First published a decade ago, it is still the book that motherless daughters of all ages look to for understanding and comfort and that they press into each other's hands. Building on interviews with hundreds of mother- loss survivors, this life-affirming book is now newly expanded to reflect the author's personal experience with the continued legacy of mother loss; now married and a mother of young children herself, Edelman better understands how the effects of mother loss change over time and in light of new relationships. A work of stunning courage and honesty, Motherless Daughters is a must read for the millions of women whose mothers have gone, but whose need for healing, mourning, and mothering remains. It is a timeless classic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0738210269
  • 9780738210261
  • 54,039

About Hope Edelman

Hope Edelman is a writer whose work has appeared nationally. She graduated from the University of Iowa Writing Program and lives in New York City. Her mother died when she was seventeen.
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Review quote

"Invaluable insight into what it means to lose your mother, particularly as a child but even as an adult."--Anna George, author of The Lone Child, in The Guardian "A go-to manual for weathering grief." "Intelligent, brave, consoling, and wise, Motherless Daughters is an essential and illuminating must-read for anyone who has lost a mother or loves someone who did." - Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times bestseller Wild "This book has helped me heal my heart. Finding myself in the stories of other motherless daughters let me know I was not alone. If you have lost your mom--this book is essential." - Rosie O'Donnell

"Motherless Daughters sheds light on an experience--the loss of a mother at any age, but especially at a young age--that is by definition lonely and shadowy. Through thoughtful, in-depth research, and with her companionable voice, Edelman has brought solace to thousands of women over the years, creating a sense of community in the midst of grief." - Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye
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2,160 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
5 50% (1,087)
4 31% (679)
3 15% (317)
2 3% (60)
1 1% (17)
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