Mothers and Daughters…
Four mothers. Four teenage daughters.
An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception.
What could possibly go wrong?
There’s tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns – and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to…
How can we let our daughters go to forge lives of their own when what we most want to do is hold them close and never let them go? How do we let them grow and keep them protected from the dark things in the world at the same time? And how can mothers and daughters navigate the troubled, stormy waters of adolescence without hurting themselves and each other?
I thoroughly enjoyed Mothers and Daughters from start to finish. With the perfect blend of intelligence and entertainment, Kylie Ladd has crafted a story about friendship and family that is refreshingly honest and entirely insightful.
The characters are not always perfect. Often, their thoughts made me wince, but they were at all times utterly real, and that’s what made this novel work so well. They are you, and me, and the person we work with, all moving along in life as best we can, questioning ourselves and wondering if there’s any chance we’ll get it all right in the end.
In amongst this domestic drama is another story, a story that is brave in its undertaking, because race is a sensitive topic that many are quick to take offence at. This novel asks the reader to consider not only issues of racial inequity within our society, but also educational inequity. Kylie does not preach nor make bold statements, she merely presents an representation of the harsh reality of life that exists in many parts of remote Australia. Living in the outback of Queensland myself – and working in the education sector – I found this aspect of the novel to be entirely relevant and I applaud Kylie for tackling this tricky and not so pretty subject.
Mothers and Daughters is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it if you enjoy good quality Australian fiction.
Mothers and Daughters was published by Allen and Unwin.
Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. She has published five novels: After the Fall, Last Summer, which was highly commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading’s ’50 books you can’t put down’ for 2013, Mothers and Daughters and The Way Back. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.