A Good Enough Daughter: A Memoir

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Schocken Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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At twenty, Alix Kates Shulman wrenched herself from her middle-class family and staked a claim to a fierce independence. From her bestselling novel,Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, to her brilliant memoir,Drinking the Rain, she has chronicled what it means to defy the expectations of family and society in order to map one's own life. Now, in this unflinching but tender memoir, she explores what it means to do what is expected of a daughter--discovering in the process the unexpected, complicated joys of going home.

Told with the grace, clarity, and insight we have come to expect from her,A Good Enough Daughteris the story of Shulman's difficult journey from dependency to alienation to reconciliation, as she returns home to care for her aging parents in the last years of their lives. The intersection of her own memory with family documents discovered in her parents' house provides the structure for this riveting exploration of her life as a daughter.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A tender memoir about caring for her aging parents from an author better known for fiery feminism (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, 1972, etc.). Shulman's most recent book, Drinking the Rain (1995 ... Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

This is a deeply affecting memoir, one which more than once moved me to tears. In it Shulman tells how, in her sixties, she was forced to return to the Cleveland of her youth, the place she fled at ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Alix Kates Shulman is the author of ten previous books.  She has taught at universities throughout the country, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Ms., The Women's Review of Books, Dissent, and The New York Times, among other publications. She divides her time between New York City and Maine.

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