The Rest of Her Life

The Rest of Her Life

[a Novel]

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
The author of The Center of Everything presents a tale about the complicated interactions between mothers and daughters who unwittingly inflict harm on one another in spite of their best intentions.

HARPERCOLL
In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another.

Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy -- the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry.

Like the best works of Jane Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, and Alice Sebold, Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do"

Blackwell North Amer
Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy - the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town; all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry.

Baker
& Taylor

When her daughter accidentally hits and kills another high school girl with the family's car, Leigh, a troubled mother, is forced to confront her relationship with her daughter, her resentment toward her husband (who understands the daughter better) and her long-buried feelings towards her own neglectful mother.
Presents a tale about the complicated interactions between mothers and daughters who unwittingly inflict harm on one another in spite of their best intentions.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401302719
1401302718
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm

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SoftFire
May 08, 2015

The car accident was a simple plot devise to drive the daughter and mother together. I was disappointed the death of another girl was necessary for them to finally see eye to eye and wished a less severe circumstance was needed to bridge the gap between mother and daughter. It is easy to understand why Leigh doesn't have any friends.

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brian_simard
Jan 12, 2015

Surprised i liked this book but was a good read about the complexity of relationships between women.... mother, daughter, friends etc..

JCLBeckyC Jun 15, 2013

Before a tragic accident that shakes up their middle-class world, Leigh never understood why her relationship with her daughter Kara had been so difficult. But as she reflects upon the tragedy and compares Kara’s life to her own poor upbringing, Leigh discovers how difficult it is to truly see oneself from another’s perspective, and that parents with the best intentions can unwittingly inflict their own unaddressed problems onto their children. When Leigh begins to treat Kara as an individual instead of trying to parent a reflection of herself, things turn around for them. Moriarty has given us an excellent reminder that we need to confront the past in order to handle what life throws at us in the present. Great choice for a book club.

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IV27HUjg
Feb 14, 2013

OK may try another of her stories

booker23 Aug 02, 2012

This is a compelling, insightful, haunting but somehow uplifting story about a very difficult topic. Well written and thought provoking.

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2thFxr
Jul 07, 2012

This book explores mother-daughter relationships and just how twisted they can become with lack of communication. it was quite sad to see the main character struggle with her own self relizations. This book really made me reflect on my relationship with my own mother and helps to put you in the shoes of someone else.

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itstartswithano
Jan 24, 2011

Would recommend this author if you like Jodi Picoult.

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quitenak
Jun 23, 2010

I read this after reading her first novel "The Center of Everything" which I enjoyed as a light read. The emotions felt by the main character / mother are explained so well I could feel them. She somehow hit a bunch of chords with me - sometimes so close to real life, it was almost as if I were reading my mother's thoughts, or my own sometimes.

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