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Letter to My Daughter

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Dear Elizabeth,

It’s early morning and I’m sitting here wondering where you are, hoping you’re all right.

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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Christy Stewart
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Elevate Difference
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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,
Cindy Hudson
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very quick, easy read that got inside my heart. It's what we want to hear from our own parents, and what we want to help our children understand. We get it, we understand, and here's why. The why part gets left out too often. Loved it.
Jo Keefe
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This 2010 debut novel was another one of my wife's quick picks at the library. The title caught my eye because last year I attended a workshop on how to write letters to your loved ones. But I quickly got hooked by this book, and couldn't put it down. It's a quick read with simple prose.

Though the author is a guy, he does an excellent job of putting you in the mind of a distraught mother, who in the wake of her teenage daughter's running away, decides to write her a letter. A rather long letter
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I shall but love thee better after death." ---Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fifteen year old Elizabeth has taken her parents' car and left, after being slapped by her mother during a fight. During the night in which her daughter is missing, Elizabeth's mother Laura writes a long letter telling Elizabeth her own story of adolescent love, loss, and regret, leaving the reader to wonder about what decisions led her to be the kind of wife and mother she is.

Bishop's novel, his first, is very short but p
Melissa T
This was an interesting story told in the form of a letter. The narrator's daughter runs away after an argument with her mother, and what results is a lovely retelling of the mother's past and how it shaped her into the person she is today.

A simply complicated love story set in Louisana during the 70's but the lessons certainly apply to today's world.

I also found this surprisingly heartfelt and detailed, which is not something I had expected, given that this was written by a man, but from a mot
Jan Prucnal
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25* relatable story for many people, but too full of stereotyping
teenagers' behavior for me.
The mom's angst and regrets were real, the behavior of 15 year old Elizabeth
does not ring true for me or any other families/friends that I know.
The writing was easy-going style and puts the reader into the story;
however, the lack of commas in lengthy sentences and conjoined thoughts was irritating.
ann m piermatteo
Loved it!

Loved this book from the very first page to the last!!! The only thing I'm disappointed about is that I've finished it..and so quickly!! Impossible to put down. Being the mother of two teenage daughters, it's also surprising that it's written by a man! The author is quite insightful.
Genai Bednar
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
The melodramatic story of a teenager in the 70s with an unconvincing frame story of a mother(the main character) writing to her runaway daughter. It sounds like it was written by someone just out of their teenage years, so the relationships are all tropes that carry very little real emotional content
Stephanie Higgins
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I give 4 stars just because I would have
liked to have Liz come home. Made me
think about my own relationship with
my daughter though. Good in two
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Short but powerful story.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very fast read. A letter to her daughter...Perfect actually.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Are you kidding me? I hate no ending endings!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The writing style reminded me of Elizabeth Berg's Pull of the Moon, one of my favorite books. Beautiful writing. But where Berg takes you deep into the soul of her narrator, this book just scratched the surface. It had great detail, but I felt like it stopped short of really getting to know Laura. But still, a good read. Super easy, could read in one sitting.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this short book. It is a mothers letter to her daughter after she discovers she has run away. She spends the time hoping for her daughter to return writing this long letter. In it, she explains her life story, that of her daughters and some other bits. I won't spoil it!

This is truly heart wrenching and kept me pulled in the entire time. You really feel the mum's pain and fear at not knowing where her daughter is.

Definitely worth a read!
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure I'd characterize Letter to My Daughtert as a mother-daughter story. It's kind of a "mother-was-a-daughter-once-too" story.

Laura and her daughter Elizabeth are going through the rough patch known as "adolescence," which can frequently be especially rough for the mother-daughter relationship. A particularly vehement argument - which we aren't told about in detail - sends Liz out of the house and into the night, taking her mother's car and her learner's permit. As the day goes on witho
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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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
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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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