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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Susan Meyers Narrator: Angela Goethals, Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781449808952
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Lulu and Merry’s childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu’s tenth birthday their father propels them into a nightmare. He’s always hungered for the love of the girls’ self-obsessed mother; after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly. Lulu had been warned not let her father in, but when he shows up drunk, he’s impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past Lulu, who then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help, but discovers upon her return that he’s murdered her mother, stabbed her five-year-old sister, Merry, and tried, unsuccessfully, to kill himself.

Lulu and Merry are orphaned by their mother’s death and father’s imprisonment. The girls’ relatives refuse to care for them and abandon them to a terrifying group home. Even as they plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family, they come to learn they’ll never really belong anywhere or to anyone—that all they have to hold onto is each other.

For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. One spends her life pretending he’s dead while the other feels compelled—by fear and by duty—to keep him close. Both dread the day his attempts to win parole may meet with success.

A beautifully written, compulsively readable debut, The Murderer’s Daughters is a testament to the power of family and the ties that bind us together and tear us apart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meyers delivers a clear-eyed, insightful story about domestic violence and survivor’s guilt in The Murderer’s Daughters. It’s an impressively executed novel, disturbing, and convincing."

    Boston Globe

  • “How both sisters live, from the squalor of an orphanage to the empty silences of suburban living, is all too believable and heartbreaking because there is no acceptable answer for how to deal with one’s part, as living victim, of a horrible crime.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A tense and emotional story of two sisters anchored to one irreversible act of domestic violence…Meyers painstakingly traces their lives to show just how much everyone else pays for that one act of violence.”

    Miami Herald

  • “The author delivers unshakable truths at every turn…Meyers, in a remarkably assured debut, details how the sisters process their grief in separate but similarly punishing ways.”

    Denver Post

  • “The psychologically complex characters make Meyers’ debut a satisfying read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Much like Janet Fitch’s White Oleander or Jacquelyn Mitchard’s The Deep End of the Ocean, her book takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Readers, get out your handkerchief and prepare to care.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author
Author Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers is the coauthor of the nonfiction book Couples with Children. Her short fiction has been published in PerigeeFog City Review, and Grub Street Free Press. Meyers spent eight years as assistant director of Common Purpose, a batterer intervention program, and was director for the Mission Hill Community Centers, where she worked with at-risk youth. She currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Narrators

Angela Goethals is a native New Yorker who has appeared on and off Broadway in Picnic, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Good Times Are Killing Me, for which she won an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Since moving to Los Angeles with her husband, she has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, and Boston Public, with a recurring role on 24.

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.