About My Mother's Daughter
A woman’s identity is forged in her relationship with her mother, whether close and tender or fraught with conflict. Every woman will recognize aspects of herself in My Mother’s Daughter, Rona Maynard’s sensitive and clear-eyed memoir of the devoted yet fiercely demanding mother who shaped her life.
Rona’s mother, Fredelle Maynard, was a brilliant academic who could not get a permanent teaching position because she was a woman. Meanwhile her dashing husband, a professor and artist, proved to be an alcoholic.
Fredelle became a successful writer whose memoir of her prairie childhood, Raisins and Almonds, became a Canadian classic. Yet she continued to chafe at the loss of her teaching career. She lavished all her hopes on her daughters: Joyce, the family charmer, and Rona, the rebel.
In Fredelle’s large shadow (and that of Joyce, who went off at 18 to live with J.D. Salinger), Rona took time to blossom as a writer and editor. She had to overcome chronic depression and the miseries of being called a bad parent by her son’s teachers—and her own mother—because she worked long hours. And then, on her deathbed, Fredelle silently encouraged Rona to pursue her dream: the editorship of Chatelaine.
This honest, affectionate and captivating book will ring true for every reader who has struggled to be her own woman while still being her mother’s daughter.
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: September 8, 2007
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Posted by Rona July 31, 2007 @ 8:00 PM.