The Good Daughters
By Joyce Maynard
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061994326, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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They were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospitalbut Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson are different in nearly every way.
Ruth is an artist, a romantic with a rich, passionate, imaginative lifethe fifth daughter born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife. Raised by a pair of capricious drifters, Dana is a scientist and realist whose faith is firmly planted in the natural world. From the 1950s to the present, the lives of the birthday sisters parallel and oddly intersect, as each struggles to find her place in a world in which she has never truly felt she belonged. Sharing little except a birth dateand a love for Danas wild and beautiful older brother, Raytwo virtual strangers will travel alternate paths winding through first love, first sex, marriage, parenthood, divorce, and tragic loss...until both are forced to reevaluate themselves and each other when past secrets and forgotten memories unexpectedly come to light.
- The novel opens with a terrible storm. How does this beginning portend the events of the ensuing story?