“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
An only child, Deborah Burns grew up in the shadow of her other-worldly beautiful, mysterious, narcissistic mother whose love always seemed just beyond her grasp. Her eccentric upbringing only made Deborah worship her maverick mother more, and she happily danced around the pedestal of her maternal goddessuntil her mother, Dorothy, died prematurely. The center of Deborah’s universe disappeared, leaving behind an ever-present void. Twenty years later in her own midlife, Deborah set out to reclaim her own identity by discovering the truth about the mother she idealized and their complex relationship. A fascinating, powerful description of the searing bond between mothers and daughters, “Saturday’s Child” is a mesmerizing, eye-opening read for any daughter who 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
Not everyone is going to write a book. But everyone needs to understand how the stories we tell ourselves as children because of our experiences impact our adult lives. Finding and reframing those stories—and then shaping a new go-forward narrative—is critical to future success at work and at home.
"A heartfelt tale of love, honor, and becoming ... wise and wonderful."
— Agapi Stassinopolous, author of Wake Up to the Joy of You
“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.
"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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