In MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, Rae Meadows explores three women of one matriarchal line --- their relationships, their hidden lives, and their secrets. From outstanding descriptions of turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Sanibel Island, their individual stories are woven together in a pleasing format.
Violet is 12. She and her mother, Lilibeth, landed in New York after Lilibeth decided to leave Kentucky, the husband she doesn't love, and a hard-scrabble life she thought her looks would help her avoid. She is also running from the stillbirth of her son, whom she held for two days before allowing to be