Not My Daughter

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Written By: Barbara Delinsky

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2010

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

A pregnancy pact between three teenaged girls puts their mothers' love to the ultimate test in this explosive new novel from Barbara Delinsky, “a first-rate storyteller who creates characters as familiar as your neighbors.” (Boston Globe)

 

When Susan Tate's seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

 

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily's best friends-and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter's pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long-fought-for dreams are all at risk.

 

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?


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  • Anonymous

    This is the second book I've listened to by this Delinsky. Not My Daughter was interesting as events progressed, but not as suspenseful as my first experience which was A Woman Betrayed.

  • Kimba

    Loved this book. It shows how a great mother stands by her child even when it could hsve cost her everything. Being a mother is doing it well by being a great mother.