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The good daughters: they were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospital, into families that could hardly have been less alike. Ruth Plank is an artist and a romantic with a rich, passionate, imaginative life. The last of five girls born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife, she yearns to soar beyond the confines of the land that has been her family's birthright for generations.
Dana Dickerson is a scientist and realist whose faith is firmly planted in the natural world. Raised by a pair of capricious drifters who waste their lives on failed dreams, she longs for stability and rootedness.
Different in nearly every way, Ruth and Dana share a need to make sense of who they are and to find their places in a world in which neither has ever truly felt she belonged. They also share a love for Dana's wild and beautiful older brother, Ray, who will leave an indelible mark on both their hearts.
Told in the alternating voices of Ruth and Dana, The Good Daughters follows these "birthday sisters" as they make their way from the 1950s to the present. Master storyteller Joyce Maynard chronicles the unlikely ways the two women's lives parallel and intersect - childhood and adolescence to first loves, first sex, marriage, and parenthood; from the deaths of parents to divorce, the loss of home, and the loss of a beloved partner - until past secrets and forgotten memories unexpectedly come to light, forcing them to reevaluate themselves and each other.
Moving from rural New Hampshire to a remote island in British Columbia to the '70s Boston art-school scene, The Good Daughters is an unforgettable story about the ties of home and family, the devastating force of love, the healing power of forgiveness, and the desire to know who we are.
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By DIANE on 03-04-11
Loved this book!
I loved every minute of this book. I was very impressed by the reading though the reader for Dana was initially talking too fast. The reader for Ruth was excellent!!! The development of this story was superb and I really got an insight into the two characters. Well done and a very enjoyable listen.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By C. Oneal on 11-25-13
Great Story. One of Maynard's best.
What did you love best about The Good Daughters?
Engaging, great character development and an interesting premise. It also spans history reminiscent, though more brief, of Forrest Gump.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Daughters?
Woodstock and Canada.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would find in brief break to steal a listen, at times to the point, of seeming rude.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful