Letter to My Daughter – George Bishop

Hey everyone! Today we’re looking at ‘Letter to my Daughter’ by George Bishop. This wasn’t on my January TBR, but it came up as a free book on one of my apps. I downloaded it and went in to check out a few pages, before I knew it, I had read the whole thing. Oops! Good thing it’s short…


Read Harder Challenge: No

Popsugar Advanced Challenge: 43 – A book with a family member term in the title


Published 16th February 2010

Goodreads rating: 3.63/5

My rating: 4/5

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 convey “everything I’ve always meant to tell you but never have.”

In her painfully candid confession, Laura shares memories of her own troubled adolescence in rural Louisiana, growing up in an intensely conservative household. She recounts her relationship with a boy she loved despite her parents’ disapproval, the fateful events that led to her being sent away to a strict Catholic boarding school, the personal tragedy brought upon her by the Vietnam War, and, finally, the meaning of the enigmatic tattoo below her right hip.

Absorbing and affirming, George Bishop’s magnificent debut brilliantly captures a sense of time and place with a distinct and inviting voice. Letter to My Daughter is a heartwrenching novel of mothers, daughters, and the lessons we all learn when we come of age.

I really enjoyed this short book. It is a mother’s 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!

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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