- Agapi Stassinopolous, author of Wake Up to the Joy of You
An only child, Deborah Burns grew up in the conservative 1950s in the shadow of her beautiful, unconventional mother, Dorothy—a red-haired beauty who looked like Rita Hayworth and skirted norms with a style and flair that made her the darling of men and women alike. Married to the musician son of a renowned Italian-American family with ties to the underworld, Dorothy fervently eschewed motherhood and domesticity, opting instead to work, and turning Deborah over to her spinster aunts to raise while she was the star of a vibrant social life. As a child, Deborah revered her celebrated, charismatic mother, and wanted nothing more than to be like her in every way. But Dorothy was also a woman full of secrets, a mistress of illusion with a troubled past who was often as remote as she was lovely. Growing up, Deborah struggled to earn a place in her mother’s world with a focus that bordered on obsession—but Dorothy seemed forever unknowable and unattainable, an almost mythic figure whose love and approval were always just out of her daughter’s grasp.
A rare and gorgeously written memoir, Saturday’s Child tells the story of Deborah’s unusual upbringing under the wings of her maverick mother, and her quest in midlife, long after her parent’s death, to uncover the truth about her mother and their complex relationship. No longer under the spell of her maternal goddess, but still caught in a wrenching cycle of love and longing, Deborah must finally confront the reality of her mother’s legacy and begin to reclaim her own identity.
A fascinating depiction of the searing, powerful bond that exists between all mothers and daughters, Saturday’s Child is a mesmerizing, eye-opening read for any daughter who’s ever tried to figure out where her mother ends and she begins.
"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
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