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The mother's promise, Sally Hepworth

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The mother's promise
Title
The mother's promise
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Sally Hepworth
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mothers promise
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Language
eng
Summary
"All their lives, Alice Stanhope and her daughter Zoe have been a family of two, living quietly in northern California. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe's father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works - until it doesn't. Until Alice gets sick and needs to fight for her life. Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers, but who are her only hope: Kate, a nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets - secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the darkest moments, The Mother's Promise is an unforgettable novel about the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, and the new ways in which families are forged."--Provided by publisher
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Readers should get ready for a good, ugly cry after reading Hepworth’s latest (after The Things We Keep, 2015). Alice’s cancer diagnosis sends her into a panic, not because of her uncertain prognosis but because her 15-year-old daughter, Zoe, has a paralyzing social-anxiety disorder that makes her dependent on Alice. With no father in the picture, Zoe will be stranded if Alice isn’t there to care for her. Alice can’t even bring herself to tell Zoe she’s sick. Kate, Alice’s nurse, and Sonja, a social worker from the hospital, want to help, but they’re keeping secrets of their own, and only when everyone’s secrets are revealed will they be able to help one another. Part tearjerker, part celebration of mothers, this story tugs at the heartstrings, guaranteeing that readers will smile through the tears. Narration by all four women contributes to the character development, yet Hepworth keeps up a quick pace that turns the story into a page-turner. All the pieces masterfully come together at the end to create a beautiful novel of courage and love in the face of sorrow. -- Babiasz, Tracy (Reviewed 12/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 7, p25)
  • Single mother Alice Stanhope has always understood the fears of her daughter; when Zoe's schoolmates make fun of her, Alice is there. At 15, Zoe tries to face her social anxiety disorder but crumbles when her best friend asks her to double date and she's unable to face the group at the movie theater. Then, Alice is diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer and realizes she is entirely alone except for her relationship with Zoe. Two strangers, Kate and Sonja, step up and help. Hospital nurse Kate is desperate to have a baby. Social worker Sonja's intervention causes a crisis. Although needy themselves, these two women may be Alice's only answer to protecting Zoe. Hepworth's (The Things We Keep) latest is a difficult novel of women struggling with fear and loss. As Alice battles cancer and struggles with possibly breaking a promise always to be there for her daughter, the various characters also deal with miscarriages and loss, marriage difficulties, rape, spousal abuse, and Crohn's disease. VERDICT This bittersweet, emotionally intense novel is recommended for readers who appreciate issue-driven stories by Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova. [See Prepub Alert, 8/22/16.] --Lesa Holstine (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 20, p83)
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10550772
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Hepworth, Sally
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.4.H48
LC item number
M68 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Families
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Mothers and daughters
Target audience
adult
Label
The mother's promise, Sally Hepworth
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 368 pages
Isbn
9781250077752
Lccn
2016044043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 962171813
  • (OCoLC)962171813
Label
The mother's promise, Sally Hepworth
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 368 pages
Isbn
9781250077752
Lccn
2016044043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 962171813
  • (OCoLC)962171813

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