- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (April 9, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631525476
- ISBN-13: 978-1631525476
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Saturday's Child: A Daughter's Memoir Paperback – April 9, 2019
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“Devilishly sharp… a masterful balance of psychological excavation and sumptuous description.”
“Poignant and absorbing, Saturday’s Child carefully examines how a daughter’s childhood obsession became a more complicated reckoning with her mother’s secrets.”
“A fascinating mother-daughter bond loaded with the realities of perfection, perception, identity, and the choices we make. An intergenerational story for the ages.”
―Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today best-selling author of Somebody’s Daughter
“In her searingly honest memoir, Deborah Burns unpacks what it means to be the daughter of a mistaken-for-a-movie-star mother who refuses to be defeated by life, no matter its disappointments. At once painful and uplifting, and rich with period detail, you will fall in love with both generations.”
―Sally Koslow, international best-selling author of Another Side of Paradise
“With a journalist’s eye and a poet’s hand, the author conveys the unique texture of her glamorous mother’s elusive love. Heartbreaking and hopeful, searing and soulful, Saturday’s Child is unputdownable―this generation’s Terms of Endearment.”
―Meghann Foye, author of Meternity
“A cinematic memoir that reads like fiction, with lush, elegant prose that belies a raw, honest narrative of a daughter coming to terms with the narcissistic mother whom she idealized. An unforgettable journey of discovery, understanding, and self-love.”
―Lisa Anselmo, author of My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home
“A universal tale of family and the quest for belonging; of reconciling the secrets we keep with the desire for truth; and of discovering that the unconditional love we all crave from others can ultimately be found inside ourselves.”
―Holly C. Corbett, author of The Lost Girls
“Mesmerizing. A must-read for any daughter who's ever tried to figure out where her mother ends and she begins.”
―Lynnda Pollio, author of Trusting the Currents
“A beautifully written love letter to a fascinating mother. I was immediately drawn in by both the prose and the mysteries at the heart of this unique mother-daughter relationship.”
―Andrea Jarrell, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-nominee I'm the One Who Got Away
“Riveting and affecting; timeless and timely―a stunning debut.”
―Bethany Ball, author of What to Do About the Solomons
“A poignant, candid exploration of the bond between mother and daughter. In allowing herself to see her mother as a real person, flaws and all, Burns not only sets herself free―she shows the rest of us how to do the same.”
―Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide
“Deborah Burns fearlessly reveals the hidden truths of a compelling and challenging mother-daughter relationship. Vividly written and thoroughly rewarding!”
―Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College, and author of Pulitzer Prize–nominated J.W. Valentine
“In this captivating memoir, the relationship between an unconventional and fiercely independent mother and the daughter who idolized her is revealed in all its complexity. A story of identity, self-discovery, and forgiveness.”
―Jennifer Kitses, author of Small Hours
“A heartfelt tale of love, honor, and becoming ... wise and wonderful.”
―Agapi Stassinopolous, author of Wake Up to the Joy of You
About the Author
Deborah Burns is a former Chief Innovation Office and brand leader for ELLEgirl, ELLE Décor, Metropolitan Home, and ELLE Global Marketing. Now a media industry consultant, she helps brands, executives, and professional women reinvent themselves through her expertise, coaching process, and website, skirtingtherules.com, which she founded. Beneath her business leader exterior, however, always beat the heart of a writer, and several years ago she began the creative journey to write Saturday’s Child and tell her mother’s story. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and their three children.
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It is refreshing to see a daughter who went through a lot of soul searching to find the way to love a mother for who she was, even if it meant recognizing that the person who was her ‘mother’ was not quite what you would expect. Deb Burns writes the book without contempt. If her mother was alive today, I think they would have become the best of friends.
it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Saturday’s Child” by Deborah Burns, She Writes Press, April 9, 2019
Deborah Burns has written a unique and intriguing Memoir,”Saturday’s Child” “A Daughter’s Memoir” The author describes her life in the 1950’s and especially her complex, complicated and atypical relationship with her Mother, whom she idolized. During those years for Dorothy, her mother broke with the typical rules of tradition. and seemed to beat to the tune of her own drum. Certainly by today’s standards, Deborah’s Memoir reflects a dysfunctional family.
Dorothy preferred working, and left her two sister-in laws to bring up Deborah, and cook and take care of the house. (which was really a small apartment) Deborah looked forward to the time she did get to spend with her mother. During summers away, the author describes the wonderful times that she had, when her mother was around.
Deborah describes her mother as a beautiful woman, who always was the center of attention. One part I found amusing, was when Deborah was at the Beauty Parlor, and saw that her mother’s hair was being dyed red, and was surprised.That reminds me of my Grandma Rosie, who had been married at least three times, and had her hair dyed blond. I had also believed she was a natural blond.
This is a beautifully written and vividly describes the author’s life growing up. This also shows how Deborah Burns reflects on her relationship with her mother, and successfully builds her own life. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy Memoirs.