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Things I Want My Daughters to Know
by Elizabeth Noble

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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?  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061686597
  • ISBN-10: 006168659X
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 374


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Things I Want My Daughters to Know

With her fourth novel, Noble—the best-selling author of The Reading Group—offers a touching narrative about the nature of motherhood and the importance of family. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Barbara Forbes—mother of four very different daughters—knows that she doesn't have much time left to devote to her precious girls. During her last days, she writes each of them a letter filled with advice on life, love and matters of the heart. After Barbara's death, the girls read her words, finding comfort and strength in them. Lisa, the oldest daughter and an inveterate nurturer, is encouraged to let someone care for her instead. To Jennifer, a distant and delicate young woman caught up in a troubled marriage, Barbara leaves advice concerning relationships. Amanda, something of a nonconformist, learns a surprising family secret from her letter, while Hannah, a defiant teenager, is cautioned by Barbara and warned that she needs to mature. This wise and tender story spans a year in the daughters' lives, as they struggle to deal with the loss of Barbara and find hope in her unique legacy. The narrative is moving and poignant, yet it never sinks into sentimentality. Sure to resonate with female readers, Noble's stirring novel is wonderfully affirmative and beautifully written.

A reading group guide is available online at harpercollins.com.

 
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