A fight, ended by a slap, sends Elizabeth out the door of her Baton Rouge home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her mother, Laura, is left to fret and worry—and remember. Wracked with guilt as she awaits Liz’s return, Laura begins a letter to her daughter, hoping to convey “everything I’ve always meant to tell you but never have.” In her painfully candid confession, Laura shares memories of her own troubled adolescence in rural Louisiana, her bittersweet relationship with a boy she loved despite her parents’ disapproval, and a personal tragedy that she can never forget. An absorbing and affirming debut, Letter to My Daughter is a heartwrenching novel of mothers, daughters, and the lessons we all learn when we come of age.
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About the Author
George Bishop holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won the department’s Award of Excellence for a collection of stories. He has spent most of the past decade living and teaching overseas in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and Japan. He now lives in New Orleans.
Praise for Letter to My Daughter…
“A first novel of immense power.”—Pat Conroy
“Guaranteed to keep the tears flowing . . . destined to be a popular choice for the Nicholas Sparks crowd.”—Booklist
“Gripping . . . [George Bishop] somehow gets into a teenage girl’s head and roams around there like a native. You believe in Laura; her voice never hits a false note.”—Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.)
“Before you sit down to read this book, put aside a few hours or else you’ll miss some appointments. You will be pulled into every paragraph.”—Clyde Edgerton, author of The Bible Salesman
“George Bishop writes Letter to My Daughter with a keen eye, an open heart, and a lot of love. I am sure I will return to it again as a cautionary tale and a parable of forgiveness.”—Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia and Brava, Valentine