Coverart for item
The Resource The good daughters, Joyce Maynard

The good daughters, Joyce Maynard

Label
The good daughters
Title
The good daughters
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Maynard
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The lives and fortunes of two New Hampshire families, the Planks and the Dickersons, are entwined through the youngest daughters of each family, who were born on the same day in the same hospital
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • In her seventh novel (after Labor Day, 2009), Maynard tells an evocative story of two babies born on the same day in the same hospital to two starkly different families. Ruth, dreamy and artistic, is born into a pragmatic farm family, while Dana, interested in plants and animals, seems more grown up than her flighty parents, who are constantly moving. Nevertheless, Ruth’s mother makes a point of visiting Dana’s family almost every year, wherever they are, calling the two girls “birthday sisters.” As the years pass, Ruth finds the love of her life and tragically loses him, eventually settling for marriage with an insurance salesman and a home on the family farm near her beloved father. Dana finds love with a female college professor and success selling her own goat cheese and strawberries at a small farm stand. Although Maynard relies on a central plot contrivance that strains credulity, she consistently brings emotional authenticity to the long arc of her characters’ lives and to the joy and loss they experience. A profoundly moving chronicle of the primacy of family connection. -- Wilkinson, Joanne (Reviewed 08-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 22, p23)
  • While Maynard's last novel, Labor Day , was delightful and unexpected, the premise of her new title is obvious from the start. Two girls, conceived during a hurricane in rural New Hampshire, born in the same hospital on the same day, grow up not understanding what binds their diametrically opposite families together. The Planks are fourth-generation New England farmers, practical and rooted. The Dickersons drift from one get-rich-quick scheme to another. Ruth Plank, though she adores her hardworking, dependable father, does not fit in—she's artistic and emotional, tall and lithe, while her four sisters are stolid and stocky. Dana Dickerson finds little in common with her nontraditional parents and instead relates more to the goats she raises and the strawberries she plants. VERDICT While the connection between the "birthday sisters" ultimately comes as no surprise, Maynard's descriptions of the two women's lives from the 1950s to the present is rich and realistic. Particularly touching is Dana's relationship with her dying lover. Buy for readers who enjoy character development over plot.— Christine Perkins, Bellingham P.L., WA --Christine Perkins (Reviewed July 1, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 12, p77)
  • Rural America cross-fertilizes with Bohemia in a story of tangled family ties. Skillful tale-spinner Maynard (Labor Day, 2009, etc.) turns heavier-handed in her latest, the chronicle of Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson, born two hours apart in the same hospital in New Hampshire in 1950, whose surnames spell out their families' characters and styles. The Planks, who have farmed their acres for generations, are as solid and dependable as a wooden floor. George and Val Dickerson, on the other hand, are drifters, forever drained and dislocated by George's get-rich-quick schemes. Dreamily creative Ruth can't understand why her mother seems to love her less than her sisters, nor can she quite comprehend the curious friendship between her kindly father and artistic Val Dickerson, whom Ruth also resembles physically. Dana, meanwhile, has always attracted Ruth's mother's attention and has an inexplicable flair for farming. Maynard's neat, credulity-stretching story hints often enough at the possible explanation for her twin cuckoos in the nests, although doesn't spell it out even when Ruth's attraction to Dana's brother Ray and subsequent pregnancy force her parents to intervene. Only as the members of the older generation die do the birthday sisters, whose checkered love lives have run their courses, finally embrace the truth. Simple, sentimental and symmetrical, this is a limited narrative stretched out over novel length.(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
365997
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Maynard, Joyce
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Female friendship
  • Family secrets
  • Family secrets
  • Female friendship
Label
The good daughters, Joyce Maynard
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
790370
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9780061994319
Lccn
2010283193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061994319
  • (OCoLC)526084197
Label
The good daughters, Joyce Maynard
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
790370
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9780061994319
Lccn
2010283193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061994319
  • (OCoLC)526084197

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
Processing Feedback ...