A mother and two daughters

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Viking Press, 1982 - Fiction - 564 pages
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"A big, entertaining novel...Rich in character and place and humanity...Gail Godwin is a wonderful writer." THE BOSTON GLOBE At the death of Leonard Strickland, beloved Southern gentleman, husband and father, his family is faced with the unknown. Nell always relied on the husband of her youth for security and friendship. Fiercely independent Cate and perfect Lydia have spent their lives vying for the love and approval their father generously gave. And as each woman begins to view her life, her past, and the possibilities of the future with new eyes, each belatedly discovers that life and death are impossible to plan, and that the past that has kept them apart can bring them closer to themselves and one another....

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Review: Mother and Two Daughters

User Review  - Marybeth Hurd - Goodreads

a little slow to start, but i enjoyed the book. Good character development. I thought the wrap up ending was a bit odd, but overall a very good read. Read full review

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User Review  - Yvonne - Goodreads

After reading Father Melancholy's Daughter and Evensong, this book was a real disappointment. The characters were self-absorbed, nobody had a moral compass, and the use of the epilogue to wrap things up seemed like cheating. I wouldn't have finished it if I had known. Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Gail Godwin was born on June 18, 1937, in Birmingham, Ala. and graduated from the University of North Carolina and University of Iowa. Godwin writes about strong women, a perspective she gathered from her own life. After her father abandoned her at an early age, she was raised by her mother and grandmother. Her father eventually returned on the day of her high school graduation and she lived with him for a brief period before he ultimately shot and killed himself. Godwin worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald, and later as a travel consultant before achieving her fame as a writer. Godwin's novels are about contemporary women, frequently Southern, who search for meaning in their lives. In Glass People, the heroine is a beautiful woman who learns that her husband is merely obsessed with her beauty and unconcerned about her as a person. Other popular titles include The Odd Woman and The Good Husband. Godwin has been the recipient of several honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters.

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