I adore stories of mothers and daughters. Especially when they explore that tough, tender space when a relationship grows beyond the simple (a woman caring for her young child) and into the complex—two adult women learning how to relate, how to communicate, how to walk through life together. Bonus points if it also includes some southern sass.
Imagine my delight, then, when I first read Liz Talley’s latest novel, Room to Breathe. Here are two women, mother Daphne and daughter Ellery, who are both on the cusp of new chapters in life. Ellery has graduated college and is, for the first time, experiencing disappointment when her dreams don’t start immediately coming true. Daphne, on the other hand, has shed a needy ex-husband, is excelling in a surprising new career, and is being flattered by the attentions of a man her daughter’s age.
In fact, he used to be her daughter’s boyfriend.
With exuberant charm and warmhearted humor (and a few shared bottles of wine), these two women come into their own, and come to appreciate and love one another in brand-new ways. This story is going to stay in my heart for a long time.
And on a personal note: Mom, I love you. And you’re gonna love this book.
— Alison Dasho, Editor