Several months ago I put a bunch of books on my Overdrive online library holds. One of the books was American Daughter by Stepanie Thornton Plymal.
As I said I have the book on my list. I was notified that the book was available. I went to get the book immediately and it somehow disappeared. I was disappointed. I opted to put the book on the list again…and wait again. Finally, I got a notification that it was available and I was able to get it.
So…was it worth the wait??
YES. It was worth the wait.
I have come to really enjoy memoirs. I love hearing what made a person become who they are. Sometimes they are really sad. Sometimes I get angry. Sometimes I want to scoop the person up and tell them, wait…you are going to overcome all of this. I especially appreciate the ones where children come of age and put adult meaning to their lives.
This book was exactly that. The story is engaging. It’s a perfect mix of present-day and flashbacks. I listened to the book over the course of a 24 hour period. That’s a real sign that I loved the book.
I think I can safely say, that I think it was my favorite memoir to date. That’s saying a lot!!
Here is what Amazon had to say: “For years, Stephanie Plymale, successful CEO and interior designer, kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. Only her husband knew that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and worse. Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, who was in and out of jails and psych wards for most of Stephanie’s formative years. All this changed when a series of shocking revelations forced Stephanie to revisit her tortured past and revise the meaning of every aspect of her compromised childhood.
American Daughter is the extraordinary true story of a young girl growing up on the wrong side of the American Dream. Stephanie has slept in blankets on the floor of crowded apartments, lived in the back seat of a car with her siblings, and spent decades looking over her shoulder at a mother who might just as easily hug or harm her. American Daughter is at once a moving account of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on resilience, transcendence, and ultimately, redemption.”
I did go on Youtube and found a short interview with the author. If you watch, you will get a sense of what the book is about.
Amazon readers gave the book 4.7 stars. I would wholeheartedly agree. In fact, I think I’m giving it 4.9 stars. It was so good!! I love the ending. I love the message of hope.
You can find the book HERE on Amazon.