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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hope Edelman Narrator: Hope Edelman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780061152993
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When Hope Edelman published Motherless Daughters about the long-term effects of early mother loss, the book touched a nerve in women across the country, and went on to become an enduring New York Times bestseller. Edelman, who was seventeen when her own mother died, told the collective story of mother loss with such candor, empathy, and informed wisdom that she quickly became a widely recognized expert on the topic.

But when she became a parent, she found herself revisiting her loss in ways she had never anticipated. Now the mother of two young girls, Edelman set out to learn how the loss of a mother to death or abandonment affects the ways women raise their own children. From her exhaustive investigation comes Motherless Mothers, the enlightening and inspiring next step in the motherless journey.

Using her own story as a prism, Edelman reveals the unique anxieties and desires these mothers experience as they raise their children without the help of a living maternal guide. She examines their parenting choices, their unexpected triumphs, and their fears, illuminating how the experience of loss directly impacts the ways in which these women parent their own children. This impeccably researched and luminously written book offers motherless mothers the guidance and support they want and need.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A heartfelt and practical work.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Edelman’s writing skills and candid reflections lend a personal force to her discussion of a problem that millions of American women must confront.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “An important book. One that will help so many people.”

    New York Newsday

  • “Smart…Edelman maps the sorrow and longing felt by mothers who are motherless themselves.”

    Oregonian

  • “Offers hope…a cathartic book.”

    Toledo Blade

  • “Edelman’s voice, suffused with fierce maternal love, joins the candid recollections from motherless mothers of all ages and backgrounds. She presents emotionally charged concepts in clear, memorable terms…to encourage frank, cathartic discussion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fascinating…Edelman offers essential wisdom. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2012

    " A wonderful read that I found helpful as an expecting mom, and now as a new mom. Highly recommend for all of my lovely and strong gals who will face motherhood without their own mothers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Holencik | 12/16/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Even though I did not lose a parent when I was young, it show the events in our lives shape our thinking and the way we react to these events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/8/2012

    " LOVED this book - I have loved all of Hope Edelman's books. Anyone who has lost a mom really should read her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 6/12/2012

    " I found this book to be incredibly insightful. I was 26 when my mother died and my daughter was 16 months old. I read the book when she was four and realized how much I wasn't alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 2/4/2012

    " Very interesting and helpful. I read this while pregnant and expect to be coming back to certain chapters as my son grows up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 1/19/2012

    " Not as good as motherless daughters. The first few chapters I could relate to but as the book went on it seemed repetitive. I also couldn't relate very well to the impact being a motherless mother has had on the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Christopher | 9/27/2011

    " Even for absent mothers this is a book to not make feel so alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 3/19/2011

    " Great book to read for anyone who has lost their mom, especially if you were young when she died. It's interesting to see how I can relate to many of the feelings discussed in the book. I had never thought much about how my parenting is affecting by the loss of my mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desi | 10/31/2010

    " There are lots of good bits of advice and perspective in here that were helpful to me, even if Edelman's focus is on women who lost their mothers at a younger age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/15/2010

    " If you are pregnant or have had a baby without your mother on this planet, this book will save you from depression w/o any drugs. It is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 10/7/2010

    " Even for absent mothers this is a book to not make feel so alone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 9/17/2010

    " Not as good as motherless daughters. The first few chapters I could relate to but as the book went on it seemed repetitive. I also couldn't relate very well to the impact being a motherless mother has had on the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2010

    " A wonderful read that I found helpful as an expecting mom, and now as a new mom. Highly recommend for all of my lovely and strong gals who will face motherhood without their own mothers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 11/24/2008

    " LOVED this book - I have loved all of Hope Edelman's books. Anyone who has lost a mom really should read her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/10/2008

    " If you are pregnant or have had a baby without your mother on this planet, this book will save you from depression w/o any drugs. It is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 2/8/2008

    " Great book to read for anyone who has lost their mom, especially if you were young when she died. It's interesting to see how I can relate to many of the feelings discussed in the book. I had never thought much about how my parenting is affecting by the loss of my mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie-Adele | 1/22/2008

    " This book demonstrates the author's emotional growth - as well as her healing - since her first contribution, Motherless Daughters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 8/23/2007

    " I found this book to be incredibly insightful. I was 26 when my mother died and my daughter was 16 months old. I read the book when she was four and realized how much I wasn't alone. "

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About the Author
Author Hope Edelman

Hope Edelman has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters and its companion volume, Letters from Motherless Daughters. She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and their two daughters.