A Good Enough Daughter

A Good Enough Daughter

A Memoir

Book - 1999
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Random House, Inc.
At twenty, Alix Kates Shulman wrenched herself from her middle-class family and staked a claim to a fierce independence. From her bestselling novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, to her brilliant memoir, Drinking the Rain, she has chronicled what it means to defy the expectations of family and society in order to map one's own life. Now, in this unflinching but tender memoir, she explores what it means to do what is expected of a daughter--discovering in the process the unexpected, complicated joys of going home.

Told with the grace, clarity, and insight we have come to expect from her, A Good Enough Daughter is the story of Shulman's difficult journey from dependency to alienation to reconciliation, as she returns home to care for her aging parents in the last years of their lives. The intersection of her own memory with family documents discovered in her parents' house provides the structure for this riveting exploration of her life as a daughter.

Baker & Taylor
Details the author's return home to care for her aging parents and explores her life as a daughter

Publisher: New York : Schocken Books : Distributed by Pantheon Books, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805241617
Characteristics: xiv, 254 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Feb 10, 2013

As the title implies, Ms. Shulman's book is about her familial relationship. She submitted herself & her parents to a critical self-examination & then wrote about it with a perceptive, disarming frankness. I'm astounded by the gumption she has to tell about intimate details of her life. She did that to an even greater degree in her other memoir, "Drinking the Rain." Many readers find her writing compelling because there are some universal aspects of the parent-child relationship to which all can relate.


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