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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Bishop Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400186945
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Dear Elizabeth, It's early morning and I'm sitting here wondering where you are, hoping you're all right. A fight, ended by a slap, sends Elizabeth out the door of her Baton Rouge home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her mother, Laura, is left to fret and worry-and remember. Wracked with guilt as she awaits Liz's return, Laura begins a letter to her daughter, hoping to convey "everything I've always meant to tell you but never have." In her painfully candid confession, Laura shares memories of her own troubled adolescence in rural Louisiana, growing up in an intensely conservative household. She recounts her relationship with a boy she loved despite her parents' disapproval, the fateful events that led to her being sent away to a strict Catholic boarding school, the personal tragedy brought upon her by the Vietnam War, and, finally, the meaning of the enigmatic tattoo below her right hip. Absorbing and affirming, George Bishop's magnificent debut brilliantly captures a sense of time and place with a distinct and inviting voice. Letter to My Daughter is a heartwrenching novel of mothers, daughters, and the lessons we all learn when we come of age. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • You will be pulled into every paragraph of Letter to My Daughter, especially if you've ever been a parent or a teenager. Clyde Edgerton, author of Lunch at the Piccadilly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susy | 2/15/2014

    " Short read. Good time waster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed it. Reminds a mother of what teenage life is like. Brought back a few memories for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 1/8/2014

    " I really liked it and kept wanting to read more. I found it to be a interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/26/2013

    " After I ditched the latest Irving book, I decided to read this....and I read it last night while Brett watched the Notre Dame game...couldn't put it down. It is a incredibly poignant book about that ever-so-delicate relationship between a mother and daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 12/17/2013

    " I won this as a first reads. It is a very quick read. One very long letter to a daughter from a mother following a fight. George Bishop did a good job of capturing the relationship between a mother and a daughter. I was easily drawn into the mother's story of her highschool years. I fell out of the story a couple of times when the mother would come back to the present but over all a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 12/16/2013

    " Mom's letter about life to her adolescent daughter told with truthful honesty and realism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/3/2013

    " I thought it was a good book especially with the way it portrays a true relationship between a daughter and mother. Very inspirational and a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/29/2013

    " A mother pours her story of rebellious adolescence into a letter for her mission rebellious 15-year-old daughter. Growing up is hard. Loving is harder still. Very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Anderson | 8/26/2013

    " After the daughter runs away, the mom sits down and writes a letter to her daughter explaining her life. Shows how we never lose where we came from and that we never really know our parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 8/18/2013

    " omg!! best book ever, makes me proud to be a woman... or teenage girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Salinas | 2/4/2013

    " This was pretty good..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/29/2013

    " Bishop does a terrific job of portraying the voice of the mother. It is a book you just can't put down, heartfelt and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/4/2013

    " Great story...hard to put down. At first I thought the author must be a woman named Goerge, but maybe not. He must be a father, though. Very insightful. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 11/3/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book after having two friends (you know who you are!!) recommend it. This was a quick read and was very touching. The ending was not cut and dry and can be taken a couple ways. Read it to find out how you believe the story ends....or does it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene | 9/4/2012

    " A really good book. Once you start it, you cannot put it down. Very likable characters that draw you into their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/21/2011

    " Really liked this book although it's not about the daughter at all. Engaging story and I liked the protaganist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/7/2011

    " it was all right, nothing special, but an easy one or two day read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perkimom | 4/8/2011

    " If we could all impart the wisdom of our lives to our children (and they would listen). I think writing a "letter" like this to our children to read or leave to them it would be an awesome legacy. That this is a work of fiction and by a man is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 3/1/2011

    " I really like the way it was written, but wish there would have been more closure in the end. It was okay... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 2/28/2011

    " As a mother of three daughters I loved this book. There is no time like the present to be talking to your daughter (or son). And write letter to them! This book was written by a man but in the voice of a woman - a mother. Outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/5/2011

    " love love love love love love. ? favorite book of ALL TIME! finished it in one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/24/2011

    " Very enjoyable book that I read in less than a day. Loved seeing how the mother could relate her own experiences as a daughter to her experiences as a mother.. Great book and I will look for future books by Bishop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/20/2011

    " it was a good, quick book but i felt it was left unfinished "

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About the Author

George Bishop holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won the department’s Award of Excellence for a collection of stories. He has spent most of the past decade living and teaching overseas in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and Japan. He now lives in New Orleans.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.