Daughter's Keeper by Ayelet Waldman

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How much would you sacrifice to save someone you love?

When Olivia, wild-haired and headstrong, makes a terrible mistake, she must turn to the person least likely to help--her mother, Elaine. Motherhood was a role that Elaine never embraced and her best never amounted to much. But now Olivia faces prosecution for a naïve connection to a drug deal and she needs Elaine more than ever. As the days count down and Olivia's future hangs in the balance, Elaine must decide just how much she is willing to give for a second chance with her daughter.

With Daughter's Keeper, Ayelet Waldman has crafted a redemptive journey at once highly emotional and unbearably suspenseful, as Olivia and Elaine's struggle builds to a beautiful, heart-wrenching climax. In this luminous, gripping novel, Waldman brings to life the tensions and the tenderness that forge the unshakeable bond between parent and child. Daughter's Keeper reveals the unlimited boundaries of forgiveness and the sacrifices we make for love.

"A powerhouse novel of complex emotions so compelling that when I finished the book, I started over again."--Amy Tan

"In Daughter's Keeper, Ayelet Waldman shows that the power of love, even when prickling with thorns, can ultimately provide what the criminal system cannot: a hard-fought, hard-won second chance."--Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil

"Waldman's passion and affection for her characters shine through."--Publishers Weekly

"Waldman has written Daughter's Keeper with enough intelligence, tenderness and craft to shape outrage into a story that is both moving and enthralling." --Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and You Shall Know Our Velocity!

"Ayelet Waldman has brought the war on drugs home, and has shown us just how close to home it can come....She looks past headlines and into the heart. What she finds there is hope for us all." --Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

About Ayelet Waldman

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AYELET WALDMAN is the author of Daughter's Keeper and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, New York, Elle, Vogue, and other publications. She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California, with their four children.
Published October 1, 2004 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At first Elaine, thanks partly to cold and unfeeling Arthur, resists helping Olivia, but as prison becomes an inevitability, Elaine’s heart opens while Olivia finds a new calm maturity.

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Waldman takes a somewhat didactic approach—U.S. drug laws are discussed at length, and the story of Elaine and Olivia's relationship can read like a case history—but Waldman's passion and affection for her characters shines through.

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Mother and daughter Elaine and Olivia have a difficulty relationship.

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With her new non-mystery novel, Daughter's Keeper, Waldman breaks into the field of so-called literary fiction (though one could argue she's been quite literate all along).

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