Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Things I Want My Daughters to Know

A Novel

Book - 2008
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How do you cope in a world without your mother?

When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they'll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do?

Take Lisa, in her midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there's Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores.

But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara's letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves?

This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends . . . and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061122194
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 05, 2017

Could not finish this book. I tried twice. I really did not like the organization of it, how it jumped between points of view of 4 sisters. That was too excessive for me. And frankly, the beginning was so boring I couldn't push through.

May 16, 2013

Box of tissue needed. Takes place in London, England early 90s where you meet lady with four daughters who are all different, but connected to a mother who loves them dearly. She has passed on and left them each a letter, plus a copy of her journal of her thoughts and stories of her past. Life unravels for them all, in one way or another, but them come together to keep the family unit as one regardless of the circumstances of each of their lives. Enjoyed.

Apr 25, 2012

well written the book is about a mom who dies and leaves letters for her daughters and the events that happen after her death and how it shapes her family. some of the events are happy and others were sad, but all in all the book was great. It made me see how lives are shaped by death and how the living are affected. I really recommend this book to all, but with a side note don't wait until ur dying to make amends to say u love someone do it know. even though the daughters were ranging in age from 30 to 15 the book lets you see how death affects everyone differently. worth the read.

dollfacecrafter Feb 27, 2012

ok read, kind of annoying in parts, you should know this is "England/London" language, so there are lots of "bloody", "blimey", "cheeky", "cuppa", etc........

Jan 24, 2011

Sappy and sentimental but an ok book to blob out with.

Nov 09, 2009

I never had any sisters and if I did I imagine the relationships described in the book as plausible - easy to read - something I can see myself doing to my kids given the chance....

Sep 22, 2009

should order the girl next door


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