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Letter to My Daughter: A Novel

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A fight, ended by a slap, sends Elizabeth out the door of her Baton Rouge home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her mother, Laura, is left to fret and worry—and remember. Wracked with guilt as she awaits Liz’s return, Laura begins a letter to her daughter, hoping to convey “everything I’ve always meant to tell you but never have.” In her painfully candid confession, L ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Christy Stewart
The mother-daughter relationship is an undefinable dichotomy that is either not addressed in fictional entertainment or belittled. I had my reservations about this book (considering it’s written by a George) but it does a great job of addressing the relationship in a realistic and matter-o-fact style. It isn’t the most complicated of stories or premises but if you are female in any way, shape, or form, you’ll relate.
Diane
Letter to My Daughter is a coming of age debut novel, about a mother (Laura) and her teenage daughter(Liz). The story is written by George Bishop, and one would think that writing about a topic like this would be a difficult task to do well for most males, but this author succeeds.

After an argument with her mother on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, Liz storms off from her Louisiana home. While her father busies himself in projects, her mother watches the clock waiting for her daughter to retu
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Ziaria
This is just a small book, just over 120 pages, but boy does it pack a punch! I picked this up and figured I would browse the first few pages before bed and get a feel for the book. I read 3/4 of it in one sitting and would've finished it if my eyes would've let me.

As a parent this book struck such a chord with me. I related so well to the mother, I felt her worries for her child and her fears for her daughters safety and whereabouts. I could feel her wondering if she was being a good enough par
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Elevate Difference
I admit that I am influenced by book titles in my choice of books to read. In that sense, Letter to My Daughter was somewhat off putting for me. I was expecting a somewhat predictable story of a mother writing a letter to her daughter. Fortunately, I overcame my reticence, and upon reading the first couple of paragraphs I found myself immersed in a riveting story.

The novel begins in present day Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a mother (Laura) has started writing a letter to her daughter Elizabeth to all
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Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
* I won this book via the Goodreads Giveaway program so it is an ARC.*


When I got this book in the mail I immediately fell in love with the cover but I was a little skeptical about the content as this book was super thin! I know you can't always judge a book by a cover or its size but I tend to do that.

This slim little book is written as a letter that a mother is writing to her daughter who is 15 and has just runaway. She is reflecting on the tumultuous relationship that is, and always will be,
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Cindy Hudson
When her daughter Liz runs away from home on the eve of her 15th birthday, Laura decides to pass the excruciating hours waiting and hoping for her to come back by writing Liz a letter about her own troubled teen years.

Through her words, Laura reveals herself to her daughter completely: the difficult relationship she had with her own parents, how she resented her mother most of all, her relationship with a boy named Tim, and the consequences to her life because of that relationship. She talks ho
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Kathleen
I won this book as a First Reads giveaway and am very glad that I did! Liz gets in a fight with her parents on the eve of her 15th birthday and runs away from home. Her mother, Laura, feels tremendous guilt and wonders where she went wrong. She did not have a good relationship with her own mother and swore, like many of us do, that things would be different for her daughter. What Laura does is sit down and write a letter to Liz, telling her all the things she had always wanted her to know, but n ...more
Sheri
Letter to My Daughter (George Bishop) is a wonderful story. After an argument Liz takes off in the family car and Laura decides to write her daughter a letter.

It is not just a letter but the emotional story of Laura's teenage years.
She tells with emotion, of the time spent in a Catholic girls school, and why her parents sent her there. Laura talks of her forbidden love and the scandal that changed her life forever. In writing this letter Laura hopes to reach out to Liz and show her, that she und
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Jourdan
I won this book in a Firstreads giveaway! It was really good! Usually, I don't like to read book written by guys (I know, super weird). I guess it's because I'm really girly and I like girls (Sarah Dessen) who can capture that girly, romantic feel. But George Bishop did a great job of getting all the details of a teenage relationship. Everything that Laura felt is exactly how a fifteen year old girl would feel. I love the letter aspect. The plot was entertaining and I wanted to keep turning the ...more
Linda
Short book, but good to read one written about the time of the Vietnam War from
the viewpoint of a teenage girl, since I was one and this book seems somewhat familiar.
Great job of writing from a girl's point of view George!
Jo Keefe
What a poignant look into a mother's reflection of her teenage life and how she tries to be a better mother to her teenage daughter. Touching, emotional, smooth reading. I really enjoyed this book.
Marianne Jay
This book is really, really, really good. It should be read by every mother of a 15 year old. I wish it would have gone on forever.

Best book I have read in a very long time
Jackie Lane
This is an amazing book. It is actually written by a male, George Bishop, which actually blows me away.

What a poignant, heartfelt book this was. It is the story of a mother (Laura) who has a fight with her daughter (Liz). Laura slaps Liz, sending Liz out the front door and driving away in the car on the eve of her 15th birthday. The story begins when Laura sits down to write her daughter a letter, realizing she is more like her mother than she wanted to be.

While I was reading this book, I felt a
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Kristina
This was a wonderfully written, beautiful, and insightful story about the relationship between a mother and daughter.


The format in which the story is told is different and made it so much more personal. It was written, literally, from a mother to her daughter. It followed that long time saying from when we were teenagers..."I'll never be a mom like my mother!"


This book threw me through a whirlwind of emotions. I think it's because as a mom and once a teenager, it's impossible NOT to connect to t
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Kristen
After another tumultuous argument with her mother, fifteen-year-old Liz runs out the door in the middle of the night, and her parents are left to wonder - will she be back? Was that argument the last straw?

Her mother, Laura, is inspired to write a letter to her daughter. "I'll try not to insult you by saying I know how it feels to be fifteen," she says, "but believe it or not, I was your age once, and I had the same ugly fights with my parents."

With that, Laura's narrative begins. It's a powerfu
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TinaB
A sorrowful book filled with a mother’s past and present lamenting. Letter to My Daughter is just that- a very long letter addressed to a fifteen year old rebellious girl who has just ran away from home.

Laura – hoping, praying, waiting for Elizabeth’s return decides to write about her teenage life and relay to Elizabeth that she too at one time was fifteen and she too faced the struggles of hating her parents and having life fall to pieces around her……

A book with a beautiful premise of mother an
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Molly
Mar 23, 2010 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mothers and daughters; everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Pump Up Your Books Promotion
My review of this book is going to be short, sweet and to point,much like the book itself. I really liked this book. I started this book in the morning and had it finished by the afternoon, so it's a perfect, easy and quick read. In addition to this book being a quick, easy read, the talent the author shows through this book is wonderful. It's written by a male author and I will be honest with you. My first thought after learning about this book was:"it's written about a mother and daughter by a ...more
Angela
Letter to My Daughter is a very short novel at only 160 pages. The length and the conversational tone of the letter make it a very fast read despite the very emotional content. Laura's letter to her daughter, Liz, is filled with the powerful emotion of a mother worrying for her daughter as well as the emotions she felt as a teenager. The book was less about the relationship between mother and daughter as it was the experience of being a daughter and being a mother. We never actually meet Liz, on ...more
Beth
As a story about a mother looking back at her high-school years, Letter to My Daughter is excellent. Laura's experiences and struggles as a teenager in the late sixties and early seventies are poignant and beautifully written. Though the book is at times predictable, this does not diminish its emotional capacity.

On another level, this book is about a turbulent mother-daughter relationship. Laura's nearly-fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, has run out after a fight, and to keep herself occupi
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Jennifer
From My Blog...[return]George Bishop takes on the task of writing a novel about mother-daughter relationships in his novel, Letter To My Daughter. Bishop does remarkably good job writing from the perspective of a mother and an adolescent girl. The premise of the story is fairly straightforward. One evening 15 year-old Elizabeth gets into an argument with her mother, Laura, culminating in Laura slapping Elizabeth resulting in Elizabeth running away. Laura, while waiting for her daughter to return ...more
Becky
Letter to My Daughter is the book I got at the library and read it in one day. It's not a very long story at all, but with interruptions, it took me the day. (Dang work! haha!)

This book sounded really good reading the synopsis on the flap of the book. I was just really interested on how it would play out since it was a man writing from the view point of a female, especially one that is a mom/wife.

The story is just one big letter from said mom, Laura, to her 15-year old daughter, Elizabeth. The m
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Pamela
This is a short story, about 143 pages. I didn't expect much but it captivated my attention right from the beginning.

When the story starts, Laura's 15-year old daughter Elizabeth has left home in her parents car in the middle of the night after her mother slaps her across the face. Horrified at what she's done, worried where her daughter is and whether she's safe, Laura sits down to write her daughter a letter describing her teenage years as she herself was once 15.

We learn about Laura's first
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Colleen Wright
My review too will be short, sweet and to the point. I enjoyed it, it was a simple, quick read, I went from start to finish in a few hours. It truly is a letter to a daughter telling all the things you ever want to tell her and share with her and save her from, but never usually do.
I related to the Mom. I felt her worries for her child and her fears for her daughter’s safety and whereabouts. I could feel her wondering if she was being a good enough parent or if she was failing her child. A worr
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Kathy (Bermudaonion)
When fifteen year old Liz runs away from home, her mother, Laura, sits down and writes a letter to her. This is Laura’s way of coping with the worry and explaining some things to Liz. In the letter, Laura tells Liz how much she loves her, how she’d hoped to have a better relationship with her daughter, and about her own life as a teenager.

George Bishop does a remarkable job writing Letter to My Daughter from a female point of view. He does such a remarkable job evoking emotion that I felt that I
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Trudi
This is a bittersweet novella that succinctly, but with great emotion, captures the mother-daughter relationship and its many complexions, a relationship often fraught with misunderstanding, confusion, frustration and fear – sometimes it’s the fear that we will become our mother, other times it’s the fear that we won’t. There is a push and pull amongst mothers and daughters, punctuated by rejection and acceptance. And love, always love, no matter how jagged the edges.

After a horrible argument t
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Nicole
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Serena
George Bishop Jr.’s Letter to My Daughter is narrated by a Louisiana mother whose daughter has just run away from home after a typical fight with her parents. To cope with the anxiety, the mother writes a demonstrative history of her own teenage angst to provide them some common ground from which to begin anew.

“But believe it or not, I was your age once, and I had the same ugly fights with my parents. And I promised myself that if I ever had a daughter, I would be a better parent to her than min
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Eva Leger
Jul 02, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mothers and daughters - anyone interested in the dynamics between the two
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: b-fiction
4.5 - I finished this last after after only picking up the same morning. I'm shocked how how intense this was. I have to admit this, I kept flipping back to the author picture and wondering how in the world he got this so right. But, I have a idea how.
I think Bishop is a Tim. I think Bishop had a Liz. And I think it effected him so deeply that he thought and thought and then thought some more. Now, maybe I'm reading too much into this and maybe not, either way I'd love to know. I think some of
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Julie Failla Earhart
One of the most dreaded statements that ever came out of my mother’s mouth was, “I was your age once.” When I was young, I never understood that remark. How could that woman standing in front of me know anything about life and love? Especially my life? After all, she was from another time and, I thought, planet.

Liz will be fifteen years old tomorrow. But before the night is over, she and her mother, Laura, have an argument that ends with Laura slapping Liz. Liz takes her mothers car and roars ou
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Louise
For a debut novel this was very good. The one thing that stands out in my mind is that it's written by a man and not a woman. It's not often that a man can relay a story about women and their feelings but Bishop pulls it off without a hitch.

Laura and her 15-year-old teenaged daughter Elizabeth, get into an argument that ends when Laura slaps her across the face. Holding her hand up to her cheek and in total astonishment, Elizabeth picks up her mother's car keys, slams the door and drives off in
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George Bishop, Jr., worked as an actor for eight years in Los Angeles before traveling overseas as a volunteer English teacher to Czechoslovakia in 1992. He enjoyed the ex-pat life so much that he stayed on, living and teaching in Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and most recently, Japan. He holds a BA from Loyola University in New Orleans, an MFA from the University of North Carolina in Wilm ...more
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