Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard

Two families, the Planks and the Dickersons, are mysteriously entwined in this exquisite novel that centers on decades of life at a New Hampshire farm. Youngest daughters Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson, born on the same day in the same hospital, take turns narrating the struggles they face as children. Ruth feels a coldness from her mother; Dana is unsettled by her kooky parents constantly uprooting her and her brother Ray. Regardless, the Planks pay a yearly visit to the Dickersons no matter where they've ended up living.

Each daughter narrates a different chapter and, between the two, you get the complete picture of their lives.  This feels light but, ends up being a much deeper book on many levels.  Thoroughly enjoyable.

Rating: 4.7 Recommend


  1. Thanks Elle!!! Enjoyed this book - MsRedPontoon

    1. Paula, can you believe I just found this comment! I am so glad you enjoyed this book and hope you have found MANY more fabulous books since then :-) Google+ is VERY frustrating.