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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (119 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hope Edelman Narrator: Hope Edelman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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