The Good Daughters
They were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospital—but Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson are different in nearly every way.
Ruth is an artist, a romantic with a rich, passionate, imaginative life—the fifth daughter born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife. Raised by a pair of capricious drifters, Dana is a scientist and realist whose faith i...more
The more I thought about, the more I knew I had to change this to a one-star rating. Don't even bother with this book. Here's what really ticks me off about the book -- after getting 3/4 of the way through it, I find out the entire story is based on a stupid, flimsy premise. I figured out pretty early on that the two "birthday sisters" (which is what the one mother called them since they were born on the same ...more
Maynard is a talented writer, and this novel is crafty and evocative. I appreciated the multiple meanings of the title, and that the earthy and everyday metaphors and similies Maynard uses, in pl ...more
Be honest with yourself. You knew what you were getting when you decided to read this book.
Emotional conflict. Drama. Woman's point of view. Right?
If that's what you sought, you will rate this book high.
If you were expecting Tom Clancy, you aren't going to make it past chapter one. (Hint: Next time look for a submarine or a big gun on the front cover.)
But is it literary? I can hear you on the back row ask.
Oh dear. I'd rather you read th ...more
There are three daughters here: Ruth Plank, fifth daughter of Edwin and Connie; Dana Dickinson, daughter of Val and George; and a new strawberry hybrid (I'm not kidding). Ruth and Dana are "birthday sisters", born nine months after a ...more
The rhythms of Nature and the seasons courses with natural cadence through this bittersweet novel by Joyce Maynard. It is the tale of two very dissimilar families. One is a farming family, existing in the routine of life created by their environment and the requirements of their work. The other is smaller, less organized, less traditional group, who lead a more erratic life, living from hand-to-mouth.
She has deftly described the life of two daughters of these families. The emotional experience ...more
themselves. I definitely became attached to them and enjoyed watching their lives unfold (though they both face difficult times that moved me greatl ...more
I was fortunate in that I lucked out and was able to read about three-quarters of this novel on a quiet Saturday when no one else was around. I was able to cry when I needed to -- which was often -- and I'm not the kind of person who cries easily while reading books. (Movies? That's an entirely different story.)
This is a ...more
"Heart breaking, beautiful, and life affirming, The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard tells the story of Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson, known as the birthday sisters. On July 4, 1950 at the peak of strawberry season in Bellersville Hospital, Edwin and Connie Plank welcomed their 5th daughter into the world and two hours later, the Dickersons were greeting their second child and their first daughter. Maynard writes a beautiful, moving novel, and from the beginni ...more
We follow the lives of Ruth and Dana. Ruth, the fifth daughter and favourite of her fathers grows up feeling apart from her siblings and a cold and distant mother. She is infatuated with Dana's brother Ray. Her family live on a fruit and vegetable farm passed down through ge ...more
After years of dismissing Joyce Maynard as a fraud for having made me believe (through her "Domestic Affairs" column) that she had a blissful f ...more
The Planks are a farming family. Edwin and Connie already have four da ...more
I enjoyed reading about the farming techniques in this book. These were actually the best parts or the book. Meanwhile, this seemed like a coming of age ...more
Also, I just didn't get the sense that the author was that comfortable with her characters. I know writers talk a lot about, characters speaking to them and choosing their directions. Tha ...more
The Good Daughters is a work of fiction set mostly in Hew Hampshire that spans from 1949 until the present time. The book tells the story of two families with not much a ...more
Long back, when I attended some communication related training by an American lady, she w ...more
Two women born on the same day - seemingly the only thing they have in common - find their lives intersect throughout their lifetime. However, they are not particularly close. How can they be when each's mother always seems to be comparing their daughter to the other girl. When they t ...more