LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER by George Bishop

LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When a girl runs away from home on the eve of her 15th birthday, her mother sits down to write her a letter.

Laura hopes to bridge the gap between herself and daughter Elizabeth by describing her own coming-of-age experiences in a small, rigidly stratified Louisiana town. It’s a clever conceit, but one that could support at most a short story. Debut author Bishop has hobbled himself not only with the formal constraints of an epistolary novel, but also with an unbelievable framing device: What parent is going to while away the hours penning her memoirs when her child is missing? In the form of a letter well over a hundred pages, written in a single night? Those willing to suspend disbelief are further tested with constructions like this: “Your grandparents were Baptists, as you know.” Surely there are less awkward ways to impart information to readers.

A gimmicky debut.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-345-51598-8
Page count: 134pp
Publisher: Ballantine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2009