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The Good Daughters

A Novel

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The bestselling author of Labor Day returns with a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange twists of fate that shape our lives

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—from 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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 26, 2010 – Two families, the Planks and the Dickersons, are mysteriously entwined in this exquisite novel that centers on decades of life at a New Hampshire farm. Youngest daughters Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson, born on the same day in the same hospital, take turns narrating the struggles they face as children. Ruth feels a coldness from her mother; Dana is unsettled by her kooky parents constantly uprooting her and her brother Ray. Regardless, the Planks pay a yearly visit to the Dickersons no matter where they've ended up living. As the girls come of age, Ruth takes an interest in art, sex, and Dana's brother, Ray, with whom she later reunites, at Woodstock, in a swirl of drugs and mud. Meanwhile, Dana realizes that her desires are directed toward women and sets off to pursue agricultural studies at a university, where she meets Clarice, an assistant professor. As time goes by, the floundering Plank Farm is in danger of being seized by Ruth's former boyfriend, a man who has had his eye on the land for years. As Ruth and Dana pursue love, contemplate children, and search for home, the truth of what unites their families is finally—at long last—revealed, in this beautifully written book.

Customer Reviews

The good Daughters

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I love the rich descriptions of growing up on a working farm. I loved the simple choices of the simpler times. I loved that all the issues that modern families face were addressed by women who often had no way to deal than to just accept . I love the inner strength of the women in the book. I love the discovery of drugs, sex, and rock n roll. Nothing was left out. The journey from what we were to what we are wrapped in a story of how a family farm that had always been debt free could turn into burden that threatens to bankrupt a family. I loved that family is often not what you expect it to be,but if you open your eyes you may find the reasons behind choices of family is totally different than they appear on the surface. The good daughters were good daughters.

Wonderful

While not a deep story, it was well written and kept me interested and engaged in the characters. I highly recommend it.

Wonderful story!

I loved this story, I read the entire book in one day.
I usually read mysteries or thrillers but I read the sample for this book and couldn't put it down. This book has mystery, life, death and romance all. It was one of the best books I have read in a while. Definitely 5 stars.

The Good Daughters
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 24, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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