Mother Daughter Me
by Katie Hafner
Published: 7/2/13 by Random House
3.5 out of 5 stars
I received an early copy of this book for review from Library Thing.
Hafner grew up with an alcoholic mother. For a large portion of her
childhood, she was removed from her mother's custody. Her memories of
her mother are not pleasant. Yet, as an adult, she decides to invite
her elderly mother to move into her home with Katie and her teenage
daughter Zoe. The resulting "experiment" brings up issues and memories
long buried in the past. Katie's story explores the complex
relationships between mother's and daughters through multiple
As a mother of two young daughters, I always find
books about mothers and daughters to be interesting. Especially as I
look to the future and wonder about my relationship will be like with my
grown daughters. I enjoyed reading Katie's story about both her mother
and her daughter and the relationship between the three of them. While
not always pleasant, I felt like this book was a testimony to the
enduring relationships between mothers and daughters, overcoming even
the most difficult moments of the past.
While this was an
enjoyable read, I felt like it was a little too long. There didn't
quite seem to be enough content to necessitate the length of the book,
and I was a little restless during the last half of the book, being
eager to finish and move on to something else.
But I am glad I read this book. Katie's story is worth telling, and her writing is worth reading.