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My Mother's Daughter: A Memoir

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Personal memories of the sort her Chatelaine readers adored — a remarkable life story seen through the window of her relationship with her mother.

Every womans relationship with her mother is special. Yet everyone will recognize some parts of another womans story, especially if it is told as honestly and as sensitively as Rona Maynard tells it here.

As a little girl, Maynard soon came to see that her family was not an ordinary one. Her father, Max, was an artist and an alcoholic. Her mother was Fredelle Maynard, a brilliant academic who could not get a teaching job because she was a woman. Instead she became a writer — the author of Raisins and Almonds — and, above all, a driving, loving, ambitious, overpowering mother.

In her shadow (and that of younger sister Joyce, who went off at eighteen to live with J.D. Salinger) Rona took time to blossom as a writer and editor in Toronto. This book takes us through her career, step by step, including the miseries of being accused by her sons teachers — and her own mother — of being a bad mother, overly concerned with her own career.

Ronas strong, direct style will ring true for every working woman. Through the magic of her writing, she gives a clear-eyed and affectionate account of her relationship with a demanding, loving mother.

I said to my father, "You dont live here any more. This is Mothers house, not yours. Its time for you to go."

My father cursed me. He shook his fist. Then he left and never came back.

—From My Mothers Daughter

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Born in New Hampshire of Canadian parents, Rona Maynard went to the University of Toronto, where she met and married Paul Jones. A career in journalism, including a spell at Macleans, led in time to her becoming editor of Chatelaine in 1995, where she attracted a new generation of readers to the most enduringly successful magazine in Canada. A freelance writer since she left Chatelaine in 2004, she is also a professional lecturer who is much in demand. She lives in Toronto.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771055553
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Emblem Editions
Author:
Rona Maynard
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080826
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x .65 in .75 lb

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