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The Good Daughters

A Novel

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“A story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and it will leave readers transformed”
—Luanne Rice, author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners

“Joyce Maynard has outdone herself in this beautifully written story you’ll find hard to put down and impossible to forget.”
— Elizabeth Berg, author of The Last Time I Saw You

Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Labor Day, Joyce Maynard now brings us The Good Daughters, a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives. The story of two women born the same day in the same hospital, but raised in vastly different emotional environments, The Good Daughters is another high note in Maynard’s already distinguished writing career.

From Publishers Weekly

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.


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
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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