January 28, 2011
In her most recent novel, The Good Daughters, Joyce Maynard tells the story of two girls born on the same day to completely opposite families, but these "birthday sisters" are destined to live parallel lives. Ruth is born into a farm family that lives a meager life, but is close knit. Dana comes into a family with unresponsive parents who are more interested in their own ambitions than the lives of their children. Despite these separate lives though, Ruth and Dana find themselves interwoven in each other’s story in an unexpected way. Why does Dana always feel out of place with her family? Why is Ruth so close to Dana’s brother?
As we delve deeper into their experiences, we find that these birthday sisters may be more than that. Is there more of a connection between Ruth and Dana than anyone knows? Maynard fills her novel with suspense and mystery, and through the characters’ tangled relationships, the reader learns the truth behind the birthday sisters’ closeness.
Colbern Road Branch