Everything My Mother Taught Me
For fatefully observant Adeline, growing up carries an ominous warning from her adulterous mother: don’t say a word. Adeline vows to never speak again. But that’s not her only secret. Afte ...more
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From the time Adeline's father died, she's chosen to not speak. She loves life on the island and finds a true f ...more
First, I would like to thank all my Goodreads friends for recommending this story to me. A special shout out to Angela M., whose heartfelt review of this short story first caught my attention.
As noted by many reviewers before me, this is a poignant story, featuring twelve-year-old Adeline, who is at the mercy of her abusive, selfish, and neglectful mother. After her father dies, ...more
This book is part of Amazon's "Inheritance Collection" series.
Adeline Ivy adored her father, he gave her so much love and attention. Her mother, Nora, would rather spend her time down the street at the local tavern, loving all of th ...more
Everything My Mother Taught Me (Inheritance Collection #1) is a poignant story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, husband, and neighbours. Some women should never be married, some women should never have children, meet Nora Ivie, mother to Adeline. Only a mother that is so narcissistic and devoid of caring for her daughter, could furnish so little love and personal development with her child.
While Nora openly cheated on Adeline’s father, he remained devoted to his family r ...more
This short story had all my attention and engagement as a reader. The premise, a rocky island off Massachusetts, with its tragic history and two lighthouses, provides perfect background for the plot, set in the beginning of the 20th century, which introduces us to a young girl, Adeline, who decides to become mute after her mother's remark. The mother-daughter bond is non-existent and the little girl has ...more
The story begins shortly after Adeline's caring father passes away. She is left under the care of her nefarious mother, who continues a pattern of ...more
She and her mother, Nora Ivie, left their home in Boston -forty miles away, to live on island in Essex County... at the tip of Cape Ann. Thacher Island - a remote and desolate place - was named after Anthony Thacher where there had been many shipwrecks, in 1635.
What happens on this island....doesn’t stay on the island...
This is my very favorite short story - of ‘ALL GREAT’ stories by very talented authors....
part of the Amazon 5 book Inh ...more
I won’t say more about the plot as the short story is only twenty-eight pages, but in those twenty-eight pages, Hoffman gives her characters distinct personalities, struggles, desires, and pain. Wonder ...more
Back when I was in school there was a girl named Karen who wouldn't talk. It wasn't that she couldn't—she could, but she just wouldn't. As kids we would try to get her to talk, like it was a game of who-could-get-Karen-to-talk-first and she would just smile at us. It was big news when a girl claimed she'd seen Karen talking to someone outside of school. We knew that she did talk when she wasn't attending school but we just couldn't figure out why she didn't talk to us.
I’ll remember 12 yr old Adeline.
This was a heart wrenching and atmospheric story. Just read it!
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The main character is Adeline, a twelve year old girl who has the misfortune to have a mother who loves no one but herself. Fortunately Adeline is smart and strong and she has a way of solving problems. The setting is a New England light house, beautifully described and very appropriate for the events w ...more
The story takes place in 1907. Adeline’s mother is a total narcissist. After the death of her husband, she’s forced to take a job as a ...more
Inheritance is a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting and Everything my mother taught me is my first story of the collection.
I listened to this one on audible and at 50 minutes it really is quite short. The narration was good and it passed an hour for me ...more
Narcissists make lousy mothers. A little girl chooses silence over speech after a devastating loss. Alice Hoffman is a magician, turning a mere 28 pages into a meaningful full-bodied story.
In her brief twelve years, Adeline has had a front row seat in observing which category her mother falls into. Nora Ivie would take the last drop of milk from a newborn if it would suit her purpose.
But it is Adeline's father, the dreamer, who holds her heart. He's given up the sea as a sailor for the love of Nora Ivie. A love that is never quite returned even at his early death.
It's 1908 and with few options for a young widow and her ...more
“She was the sort of person who saw only herself and her shadow, and the rest of us disappeared in the bright sunlight.”
Adeline begins her story in 1908, when her mother is widowed and finds work on an island with a lighthouse tended by two families. It is a decided step down for a woman who fancies herself the centre of attention.
“My mother’s name was Nora Ivie, and mine was Adeline. I had been named after a soap she’d once seen in a fancy shop, Adeline Lilac Soap, made in Paris. My mother s ...more
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Its been way too long since my last Alice Hoffman novel, and although this is a shortie, it is so full of substance.
Circa 1900's New England.
A now mute young twelve year old Adeline had such a wonderful loving father, but now only has her wretched floozy of a mother as they move to an old lighthouse where mother dear now works....and plays....and keeps secrets.
But even in her silence, Adeline is a smart little cookie....as readers will see.
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Adeline is twelve years old and all alone in this world. She lost a father whom she loved with all of her might and is little lost herself. Her mother, ignores her day in day out and Adeline has no hope of ever having a relationship with her. Cold and uncaring, her mother’s only concerns are her own. Obtaining a housekeeping job at an old Lighthouse, her mother makes Adeline leave the life she one knew for the unknown.
Never uttering a word again, Adeline, sees and hears more than anyone e ...more
This short story by Alice Hoffman is part of a collection of five short stories by different authors under the title of Inheritance, and if the other four are as good as this one, it will prove to be worth your time to check them all out.
In twenty-eight pages, Hoffman shares an unforgettable story of a young woman living in the early 1900s with her parents in Boston whose life changes dramatically the year she turned twelve. First, her father becomes ill, and her mother is f ...more
There are those that ...more
The title was a turn-off, as I assumed this short story would be a mom and daughter chummy-chummy love fest. 1, I’ve had enough of those Hallmark-y stories, and 2, I can’t relate. But boy was I wrong. This is a story about a nice girl with a bad mom. Mom and 12-year-old Adeline (named after a bar of soap) live on an isolated island off Massachusetts in the early 1900s. The story seemed like it could be set in any time period; not sure why it was the old days.
I’m not ...more
Edeline, the narrator of this short story, is twelve and grieving her father's death. Her unfaithful mother has to take a job as a cleaner in a lighthouse complex off the tip of Cape Ann, Massachusets.
Only three families live there, Edeline, who's become a selective mute, most helps with chores and looks after the children.