Mothers & Daughters
by Rae Meadows
Violet, Iris, Samantha. Three women, three generations, three lives. When a box of Iris's belongings arrives at Sam's doorstep, she discovers things about her mother she never knew--or could even guess. But she is puzzled by much of what she finds. She learns that Violet, the women she knows as her grandmother, left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl and found a better life in the Midwest. But what was the real reason behind Violet's journey? And how could she have come that far on her own at such a tender age?
This is a wonderful novel of three generations of women. You learn so much about each of them and the differences in how they each turned out due to their upbringing and surrounding and the the years in which they were growing up. As you read, you feel their struggles, you feel for them, and you wish them the best, even when you know what is coming. As you read, you realize that all three women are related, and this makes the book even more interesting. This is a novel that brings you through such heartache, which is inevitable in any life, but it also shows you that you can overcome those struggles and turn out OK in the end.
Rae Meadows is the author of Calling Out, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction, and No One Tells Everything, a Poets & Writers notable Novel. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.