Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! Mothers and Daughters by Rae Meadows

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters by Rae Meadows
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.

A rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold

Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.

About the author

Born in Brussels, Rae Meadows grew up in suburbs of Cleveland and San Diego before attending Stanford University as an Art History major. After years in advertising she wrote her first story, which led to local workshops and eventually the MFA program at the University of Utah. While in Salt Lake City, she answered phones at an escort service, the experience of which inspired her first novel.

Calling Out received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction and was named an Entertainment Weekly Must Read, a Book Sense Notable Novel, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and one of the Best Books of 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. Rae was also named one of five Poets & Writers Debut Writers to Watch. Her second novel, No One Tells Everything, was named a Notable Novel by Poets & Writers and was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2008 Anne Powers Fiction Prize. Mercy Train (released in hardback as Mothers and Daughters) was chosen as a Target Emerging Authors selection and has also been published in Italy, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, where it was a bestseller.

Rae’s stories have appeared in various literary magazines including the Mississippi Review, Avery Anthology, and Washington Square, and her writing has also appeared online at Nerve, More Magazine, and NPR. She and Alex Darrow co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of Calling Out, which has been optioned by Sound Pictures.

A onetime resident of San Francisco, Prague, Paris, Brooklyn, and Madison, she now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two daughters.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a wonderful story. Rae I am so glad that you decided to become an author. Answering phones at an escort service is certainly an interesting career. If it helped you write your first book then great!! Please continue to share your wonderful talent with us.

  2. I am captivated with this memorable novel which would be greatly enjoyed. thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This story sounds amazing. I would love to know all of the secrets. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy reading stories of women and their relationship with mothers or other female members in the family. I like the concept in this book that Sam finds out secrets after her mother passes away. What are those secrets??

  5. This sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading.

  6. Sounds quite interesting. Love your blog. :)


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