Letter to My Daughter is a coming of age debut novel, about a mother (Laura) and her teenage daughter(Liz). The story is written by George Bishop, and one would think that writing about a topic like this would be a difficult task to do well for most males, but this author succeeds.
After an argument with her mother on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, Liz storms off from her Louisiana home. While her father busies himself in projects, her mother watches the clock waiting for her daughter to return. She reflects on her own adolescence and decides to write Liz a letter, which she plans to give her on her birthday. In the letter she conveys stories never shared before about the conflicts she had with her own parents when she was her daughter's age. Laura writes an at times, painful and emotional story about her first love and her parents disapproval of the young man. She shares her experiences at Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic boarding school that her parents sent her off too--their way of separating Laura and the young man.
MY THOUGHTS: The author did an excellent job conveying the pain and confusion of the teenage years and first love. Since the time period was the late 1960's and early 1970's, other hot issues are addressed as well, such as: the Vietnam war and discrimination etc. The novel is short, just 126 pages, but the story is written in a way that kept me engaged from beginning to end. RECOMMENDED (4/5 stars)
(Review copy provided by Shelf Awareness/Balletine Books)