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Motherless Daughters Paperback – 6 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (6 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340639652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340639658
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hope Edelman is a graduate of the Iowa Workshop and lives in NewYork. Her mother died when she was seventeen. This is her first book and has already become a top ten bestseller in the States.


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 1997
Format: Paperback
From the moment I read the first few pages, I knew I had hit upon the most familiar, yet previously unwritten, words I had read to date. In a world where only 5 percent of children lose a parent while they are young, I had felt completely, utterly alone. No one I knew could understand my pain; I learned early not to burden anyone with it. The book takes the reader inside the mind and heart of an author who lost her mother at a crucial time (what time isn't?). When another has experienced the same loss, it is as though the words she reads are her own. Slowly, tenderly, she unravels the stories of other women who were orphaned (not meaning 'without parents' but technically defined as 'motherless') at a young age and gives them life. She beautifully and bravely takes the reader through her worst fears - having children, attaching to another person, dying at the same age as her mother. Hope Edelman, through a series of stories about women like me, has written my story. It is a book that healed a part of me previously untouched, and allowed me to finally take my place as a woman who would survive the most profound loss any child could experience.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was such an enlightening for me. At the age of 41, I finally am understanding how the loss of my mother 23 years ago has had an impact on my life today. There were so many woman that contributed to that book that validated so many of my feelings.
I would recommend this book to any woman that has lost their mother. Absolutely FANTASTIC !
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bella Blue on 30 April 2006
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This book has been very well researched and written. I would say that it is for any women who has lost a mother btween birth and 30years old. The author has thoroughly researched this subject of lose so much so that to me she seems to cover every possibility of loss of a mother. In the early chapters I was worried that the book would not cover my situation (losing a mother who I had a difficult relationship with and had caused me harm and pain)and felt that what I may read would cause me more harm by rubbing salt in the wounds, as it talked of mother's as loving, providing figures, which my mother wasn't. However as I moved on in the book it covered my circumstances and the additional difficulties and complications in grieving a mother who wasn't as a mother should be.

Many of the feelings and thoughts I have had over the years I have pushed back down feeling that they were twisted or in some way wrong. Reading in this book that many other women have had the same feelings and thoughts has validated mine and helped me to face them head on.

I feel that this book would be an excellent tool to aid women who are trying to address and work through the loss of their mother at a relatively young age. It also covers the relationships we have with our fathers, siblings and step families plus future relationships with partners and the complications which may arise there.

It is a book I am and will continue to use, as I face up to the sad reality of my past.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sharron Wallace on 16 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Quite simply the book is FANTASTIC. You can open up any page at any time and relate to it. You will think it was written just for you and know that the emotions you are going through are completely normal. A god send!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret York on 14 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I first read this book 8 years ago having bought it because I was caring for a young 8 year-old girl who's mother had just died and wanted to find out what she might be feeling. As I turned the pages, I realised I was reading about my own feelings of loss primarily, as I thought at the time, for the loss of my mother through being adopted and came to understand that loss is not just about losing those who died. Over the years, I've dipped into this book and have drawn much comfort from knowing, I'm not the only one who felt different by not having a mother. Subsequently, that young 8 year-old girl, now 17, has also read it and has found it as equally inspiring and comforting as I have. I went on to find my mother but I will never forget the feelings of loss I had for 38 years until I found her.
If there has to be a definitive book of this genre, then this is the one and should be read by daughters of any age, young or old. Perhaps one day, someone will write its' companion "Fatherless Sons".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Oksanen on 9 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
A find from my Australian trip.

It's surprising how few books there are infact about growing up without a mother. My mother didn't die though. But it was still very interesting and emotional to read this book and to feel that there are many women like me.

This book is series of interviews and how women have coped with the loss thru different phases in their lives. It's also a story how the author lost her mother and how she dealt with it.

Eventhough this book deals with different areas of the life time the one I was the most interested in was just few pages long.

(Mainly how the loss affects one's relationship with the opposite sex.) Maybe that's in the next book... ?

However an interesting book for anyone in the situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jurgita on 19 Nov. 2012
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This is my first book review ever, but I feel a duty to share my impressions about this great book, which would have been invaluable to me 16 years ago, when I lost my Mother.
As the book title implies, you would expect many sad stories of girls and adult women, who lost their mothers at a young age, and how hard a life they had. Certainly, you will find plenty of tearful examples; however the book is not written with the intention of making you cry. Just the opposite - it makes some important points: yes, your Mother died when you were very young, and you are one of those unlucky 5 % of population to experience an early loss, and to face far more challenges in your life than normal; however you can do something constructive with your life, as your Mother would have wished. Surprisingly the author highlights a few positive aspects connected with this loss, e.g. such women usually are more responsible, successful, and creative, etc.
In the book motherless daughters are compared to a female phoenix, a mythical sacred fire bird which can be reborn from its own ashes. Isn't it a nice metaphor?
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