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Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss Paperback – 31 May 1995


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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing (31 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385314388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385314381
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 941,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 31 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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17 of 17 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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18 of 19 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
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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm 26 and i lost my mum just over a month ago, I wanted a book that would help me understand what I was going through. A book that would be able to help me cope with the unexpected grief that can occur anyday when you think ur life is going back to normal. This book was very usefull in some chapters and then in other chapters I felt that I was too old and had alot more time with my mother than some of the stories in the book. Which kind of made me feel guilty that I had my mum for longer than others. I think it is the best book i have read so far but I have only had chance to look at 2. I think it is a good book to read at some stage of the grieving process but I think I got to the book too early to appreciate it for its real worth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R on 12 July 2010
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Having lost my mother to suicide at 17 (I'm now 22) I have found this book to be very comforting- although naturally sometimes upsetting. I haven't finished it yet as i read only a couple pages before I go to bed, I think in a way i'm trying to savour it.
I would recommend the book to any woman who has lost her mother between childhood to late twenties.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Pegster on 28 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I got this book out of the library and had planned to read it in connection with my job, as I am dealing with bereaved people on a daily basis. I found this book often too emotional to read and found it very hard to detach myself, couldn't help but think that one day I will have to face this. (Luckily, I still have my mum). While I usually find it easy to detach myself from the subject at work, it was harder here, and I'm not sure it helped me a lot with my work, as I found it just upsetting. We usually get taught 'Show empathy, not pity', and that's what I try to do. I suppose if you are a bereaved daughter the book might help you to see that you are not alone and many others feel in a similar way.

The three stars only reflect that I did not get out of it what I wanted from it, I still think it will be very helpful to a bereaved daughter.
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