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Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss Paperback – 28 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738210269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738210261
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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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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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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I would like to find a book that dealt with the loss of a parent at a young age. I was two days old when my mother died of a brain hemmorage (sp). I didn't get to spend any time with my mother and this book talked alot about having had a mother until the teen years or beyond.
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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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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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