Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop #review

21 August 2012
Title: Letter to My Daughter
Author: George Bishop
Series: none
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date: February 16th 2010
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780345515988
Source: bought
Purchase: Letter to My Daughter: A Novel

Summary from Goodreads:
Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop

Dear Elizabeth,
It’s early morning and I’m sitting here wondering where you are, hoping you’re all right.

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, growing up in an intensely conservative household. She recounts her relationship with a boy she loved despite her parents’ disapproval, the fateful events that led to her being sent away to a strict Catholic boarding school, the personal tragedy brought upon her by the Vietnam War, and, finally, the meaning of the enigmatic tattoo below her right hip.

My thoughts:
I was a little iffy about picking up this book. I wasn't too sure that a male author could really write a book based from a female's point of view and make me want to read it.
I was completely surprised to find that Mr. Bishop did exactly that. From the moment I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. As a mother, with a soon to be teen, I felt an instant connection with Laura. I too always said that I would be a better mother to my children than my mother was to me, and have caught myself saying and doing some of the exact things that my mother did when I was a child.
The book is about Laura and her daughter Liz, there is a fight at the beginning of the book, and Liz takes off. Laura is worried about her, and sits down to write a letter to her daughter. The letter is the whole book, with a few present day things thrown in. I laughed and cried while Laura was writing the letter that started in her freshman year of high school and went on to her senior year. From first loves, to catholic school; tattoos and heartache, I was entranced and even ordered dinner for the kids because I couldn't pull myself away.
I am so happy that I didn't let the fact that Mr. Bishop was a man stop me from reading!

My rating:

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