Daughter: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
37 Reviews
The gifted author of the acclaimed memoir The Prisoner's Wife delivers a deeply penetrating work -- an emotionally shattering first novel that explores the perils of silence and illuminates the fragile complexity of the mother-daughter bond.

On a winter night in Brooklyn, Aya Rivers, a vibrant nineteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer in a case of mistaken identity. Her mother, Miriam, a rigid and guarded woman, rushes to the hospital. As Miriam desperately waits at Aya's bedside, she falls back into memories of her own youth, when her life took a series of tragic turns as she struggled for independence and dealt with the end of her relationship with Aya's father. But as Miriam's recollections of love and regret descend upon her, this woman who has spent nearly every day of her life in an emotional prison finds that her wounds slowly give way to healing and a tentative hopefulness.

With the lyrical economy of poetry, asha bandele tells a powerful story that boldly confronts timely and troubling issues. Daughter is an unforgettable portrait of one extraordinary woman and her journey -- from secrecy to openness, from the silence of isolation to the beauty of connection.
 

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Simply excellent. Can serve not just as a compelling story about a complex mother-daughter relationship, but as a history of black American experience in the last fifty years. Subtle, multidemensional writing that communicates most through what is left unsaid. Read full review

Review: Daughter

User Review  - Goodreads

Simply excellent. Can serve not just as a compelling story about a complex mother-daughter relationship, but as a history of black American experience in the last fifty years. Subtle, multidemensional writing that communicates most through what is left unsaid. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
39
Section 4
41
Section 5
49
Section 6
57
Section 7
71
Section 8
91
Section 15
141
Section 16
153
Section 17
163
Section 18
171
Section 19
181
Section 20
189
Section 21
195
Section 22
205

Section 9
95
Section 10
101
Section 11
103
Section 12
115
Section 13
121
Section 14
131
Section 23
223
Section 24
237
Section 25
261
Section 26
263
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About the author (2010)

Asha Bandele served as features editor and writer for Essence magazine, and is currently a Revson Fellow at Columbia University. She is the author of the memoir The Prisoner's Wife and a collection of poetry. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her daughter.

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