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The Unquiet Daughter Paperback – September 1, 2016
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"Holy, Moly, Mother of God. Ferociously honest and gorgeously written, Flood's memoir is the fiercely tragic story of her search for her real father, her knotted relationship with her complicated mother, and her hard-won understanding of herself. About memory, love, loss and time, Flood's engrossing debut shines like mica and is polished as platinum." -- Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World and The New York Times best sellers, Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You.
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Motherhood is not for everyone. This book is an interesting look at how a woman proceeds to raise a daughter and how the daughter made do with what life handed her. It was painfully obvious that the obsession to find her father had everything to do with her mother's lack of mothering.
The characters with very interesting and the story flowed well. Only the very end did drag a bit. One thing I can say for sure. I have known many people who sought a "lost" parent. War babies, adopted children, estranged thru divorce...whatever the reason I have never known anyone where the search brought happiness. Only closure.
I didnt give it 5 stars because I reserve that for super good books. . A 4 star from me equals to "but it , you'll like it alot"
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