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All the Lost Girls: Confessions of a Southern Daughter (Deep South Books)

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Publisher Comments:

Patricia Foster's lyrical yet often painful memoir explores

the life of a white middle-class girl who rew up in rural south Alabama

in the 1950s and 1960s, a time and place that did not tolerate deviation

from traditional gender roles. Her mother raised Foster and her sister

as "honorary boys," girls with the ambition of men but the temperament

of women.

An unhappy, intelligent woman who kept a heartbreaking secret

from everyone close to her, Foster's mother was driven by a repressed rage

that fed her obsession for middle-class respectability.

By the time Foster reached age fifteen, her efforts to

reconcile the contradictory expectations that she be at once ambitious

and restrained had left her nervous and needy inside even while she tried

to cultivate the appearance of the model student, sister, and daughter.

It was only a psychological and physical breakdown that helped her to realize

that she couldn't save her driven, complicated mother and must struggle

instead for both understanding and autonomy.

Book News Annotation:

Foster (English, University of Iowa) weaves together the life of a mother and daughter caught in the web of the mother's ambition in this memoir of a white, middle-class girl who grew up in rural south Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s. The time and place did not tolerate deviation from traditional gender roles, yet her mother raised Foster and her sister as girls with the ambitions of men but the temperament of women. Lacks a subject index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This powerful memoir turns a critical yet loving eye on the sometimes

volatile culture of the South and the relationships between southern mothers

and daughters.

About the Author

Patricia Foster is an Associate Professor

of English at the University of Iowa. She is editor of Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul and Sister to Sister: Women Write About the Unbreakable Bond and co-editor of The Healing Circle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817310479
Author:
Foster, Patricia
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Location:
Tuscaloosa
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Regional Subjects - South
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Alabama
Subject:
Foster, Patricia
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Deep South Books
Series Volume:
3137
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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This powerful memoir turns a critical yet loving eye on the sometimes

volatile culture of the South and the relationships between southern mothers

and daughters.

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