The Sometimes Daughter

The Sometimes Daughter

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In this poignant and beautifully written novel, Sherri Wood Emmons, acclaimed author ofPrayers and Lies, explores the complex bond between a daughter and her errant mother. . . Judy Webster is born in a mud-splattered tent at Woodstock, just as Crosby, Stills, and Nash take the stage. Her mother, Cassie, is a beautiful, flawed flower-child who brings her little girl to anti-war protests and parties rather than enroll her in pre-school. But as Cassie's husband, Kirk, gradually abandons '60s ideals in favor of a steady home and a law degree, their once idyllic marriage crumbles. Dragging Judy back from the Kentucky commune where Cassie has taken her, Kirk files for divorce and is awarded custody. When Cassie eventually moves to an ashram in India, Judy is grief-stricken. At school, she constructs lies to explain her unconventional home-life, trying desperately to fit in to the world her mother rejected. Cassie calls and writes, occasionally entering Judy's life just long enough to disrupt it. But little by little, Judy is growing up. As she grapples with her father's remarriage and her own reckless urges, she encounters all the joy and heartbreak that goes with first love, first loss, sex, drugs, and self-discovery. And when Cassie comes home again, Judy, who has tried so long to find a place in her mother's life, must finally decide what place Cassie claims in hers. . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 249.47g
  • Kensington Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0758253257
  • 9780758253255
  • 930,783

About Sherri Wood Emmons

Sherri Wood Emmons is a freelance writer and editor. Prayers and Lies is her first work of fiction. She is a graduate of Earlham College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute. A mother of three, she lives in Indiana with her husband, two fat beagles, and four spoiled more

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1,035 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (426)
3 26% (271)
2 7% (77)
1 1% (15)

Our customer reviews

This was a quick, sometimes enjoyable read. The title more aptly could have read "The Sometimes Mother", as the main character is fortunate enough to have a wonderfully present father. Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is born in a tent at Woodstock to unconventional (read "hippie") parents Cassie and Kirk. As familial responsibilities begin to hit, Kirk becomes a good, responsible father, while Cassie remains volatile, possibly unfaithful, and flighty, disappearing and re-appearing throughout the novel. Emmons does a good job of portraying the link between a mother's behavior and her daughter's mistakes, as Judy tries her best to fit in with the girls at her school and to live a normal life. I felt that the story was rather erratic, and moved too quickly in certain parts. It seemed to lack the sort of depth I'd associate with the weighty subject matter, and I had to check to see whether or not it was supposed to be YA rather than adult (in the former case, I'd give the lack of depth a pass, but it is labeled adult fiction. If you're looking for a rather effortless read, this one would be a good pick. QUOTES I nodded mutely. I had seen Barbie dolls on the television, although I'd never actually held one. Mama said they were fascist and paternalistic, designed to turn women into objects. But I thought it better not to mention what Mama thought of Barvie just then. For the first time in my life, I told a lie. "Sure," I said. "I like Barbies." And that was how I got my first friends. I wanted a real mother who stayed and who wasn't crazy and who took care of me, instead of me taking care of her. I didn't tell the truth, which was that my mother had been crazy and kidnapped me and taken me to a commune and almost died of a drug overdose and then joined a cult. Writing: 3 out of 5 stars Plot: 4 out of 5 stars Characters: 2.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
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