Shadow daughter A memoir of estrangement

Harriet Brown, 1958-

Book - 2018

"A riveting, provocative, and ultimately hopeful exploration of mother-daughter estrangement, woven with research and anecdotes, from an award-winning journalist"--

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York, NY : Da Capo Press 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xxv, 259 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780738234533
0738234532
Main Author
Harriet Brown, 1958- (author)
  • Thicker than water
  • The roots of estrangement
  • Mean mothers (and fathers)
  • The myth of the worst-case scenario
  • The last straw
  • Love : the unresolvable dilemma
  • The half-life of grief
  • On forgiveness
  • Out of the shadow.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Reflects on the author's estrangement from her mother, and explores the secrecy, shame, and stigma associated with estrangement from family members.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The author reflects on her own estrangement from her mother and explores the family estrangements of others and the deep conflicts that often cause them, deeply shrouded in secrecy, stigma and shame. 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"A riveting, provocative, and ultimately hopeful exploration of mother-daughter estrangement, woven with research and anecdotes, from an award-winning journalist"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A riveting, provocative, and ultimately hopeful exploration of mother-daughter estrangement, woven with research and anecdotes, from an award-winning journalist. The day of her mother's funeral, Harriet Brown was five thousand miles away. For years they'd gone through cycles of estrangement and connection, drastic blow-ups and equally dramatic reconciliations. By the time her mother died at seventy-six, they hadn't spoken at all in several years. Her mother's death sent Brown on a journey of exploration, one that considered guilt and trauma, rage and betrayal, and forgiveness.Shadow Daughter tackles a subject we rarely discuss as a culture. Family estrangements -- between parents and children, siblings, multiple generations -- are surprisingly common, and even families that aren't officially estranged often have some experience of deep conflicts. Despite the fact that the issue touches most people one way or another, estrangement is still shrouded in secrecy, stigma, and shame. We simply don't talk about it, and that silence can make an already difficult situation even harder. Brown tells her story with clear-eyed honesty and hard-won wisdom; she also shared interviews with others who are estranged, as well as the most recent research on this taboo topic. Ultimately, Shadow Daughter is a thoughtful, provocative, and deeply researched exploration of the ties that bind and break, forgiveness, reconciliation, and what family really means.