Day 9 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Rae Meadows

by @thewritermama on May 9, 2011 · 21 comments

Therese Walsh pointed me in the direction of Rae Meadows and her recently released second book, Mother’s and Daughters. It seemed like a perfect fit for this giveaway, so I eagerly invited her to participate and I’m so glad she could join us. Thanks for helping me welcome, Rae.

Rae Meadows is the author of Mothers and Daughters (April 2011), which the Minneapolis Star Tribune called “wonderful…the perfect book club pick.” Her first novel, Calling Out, received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction and was named one of the Best Books of 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. No One Tells Everything, her second novel, was chosen as a Poets & Writers Notable Novel. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more about Rae at

Mothers & Daughters is a rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold.

Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter’s skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she’s lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

When a box of Iris’s belongings arrives on Sam’s doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet’s real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

In confronting secrets from her family’s past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.


1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

Being a writer—knowing I found the thing I want to do—has made me more secure in who I am. Despite those moments of doubt that plague most writers from time to time, I feel confident that I have found my voice and the stories I tell are worth telling.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

challenging, fraught, rewarding

3. What good has your book created in the world?

I hope the book is a conversation starter about the choices we make as mothers and daughters, about the secrets we keep from those closest to us. The book might change your mind or it might make you feel less alone. Either way, I hope readers are moved by spending time with these three characters.

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day! Share something with us about you and your mother or you and your daughter. It can be a memory, a moment, an object that is meaningful to your relationship, or whatever else you can come up with. Show or tell, it’s up to you.

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Please bring your writing group next time you come. :)

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