Mother's Love in Barbara Delinsky's Not My Daughter

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Yea! Barbara Delinsky has got another one -- Not My Daughter, releasing January 2010! The Boston Globe writes Barbara Delinsky  "is a first-rate storyteller who creates characters as familiar as your neighbors." 

No spoilers here, just a summary!

Not My Daughter deals with teenage pregnancy and the loss and heartbreak that comes with it. But, also, the book reveals the love, the forgiveness, and the bond mothers and daughters share. 

From publisher: When Susan Tate's seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily's best friends-and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter's pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long-fought-for dreams are all at risk.

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?

First line:

Susan Tate never saw it coming.

What a great teaser -- it has you hooked! 

Barbara Delinsky' books have great themes and interesting conflicts that are perfect for creating a lively conversation for reading groups.

Look for Not My Daughter next month! 

 

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