Praise for Saturday's Child


"Saturday's Child delicately unfolds a fascinating mother-daughter bond loaded with the realities of perfection, perception, identity, and the choices we make. An intergenerational story for the ages."

—Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody's Daughter

“A universal tale of family and the quest for belonging; of reconciling the secrets we keep with the desire for truth; and of discovering the unconditional love each of us craves from others can ultimately be found inside ourselves.”

—Holly Corbett; co-author of The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around The World.

“With a journalist's eye and a poet’s hand, the author unveils the unique texture of her glamorous mother's elusive love. Heartbreaking and hopeful, searing and soulful, Saturday's Child is un-put-downable—this generation's Terms of Endearment.”

—Meghann Foye, author of Meternity

"A cinematic memoir that reads like fiction, with lush, elegant prose that belies a raw, honest narrative of a daughter coming to terms with the narcissistic mother whom she idealized. An unforgettable journey of discovery, understanding, and self-love." 

—Lisa Anselmo, author of My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home 

"Riveting and affecting; timeless and timely—a stunning debut."

—Bethany Ball, author of What to Do About the Solomons

“In her searingly honest memoir, Deborah Burns unpacks what it means to be the daughter of a mistaken-for-a-movie-star mother who refuses to be defeated by life, no matter its disappointments. At once painful and uplifting, and rich with period detail, you will fall in love with both generations.”

—Sally Koslow, international bestselling author of Another Side of Paradise

“A beautifully written love letter to a fascinating mother. I was immediately drawn in by both the prose and the mysteries at the heart of this unique mother-daughter relationship.”

—Andrea Jarrell, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-nominee I'm the One Who Got Away

"Mesmerizing. A must-read for any daughter who's ever tried to figure out where her mother ends and she begins."

—Lynnda Pollio, author of Trusting the Currents

"A poignant, candid exploration of the bond between mother and daughter. In allowing herself to see her mother as a real person, flaws and all, Burns not only sets herself free--she shows the rest of us how to do the same."

—Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide

“Deborah Burns fearlessly reveals the hidden truths of a compelling and challenging mother-daughter relationship. Vividly written and thoroughly rewarding!”

— Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College, author of Pulitzer-Prize-nominated novel J.W. Valentine

"In this captivating memoir, the relationship between an unconventional and fiercely independent mother and the daughter who idolized her is revealed in all its complexity. A story of identity, self-discovery, and forgiveness."

— Jennifer Kitses, author of the novel Small Hours