The daughters : a novel

by Celt, Adrienne,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Fiction FIC Cel
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Celt
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Lulu can't sing. Since the traumatic birth of her daughter, the internationally renowned soprano hasn't dared utter a note. She's afraid that her body is too fragile and that she may have lost her talent to a long-dreaded curse afflicting all of the mothers in her family.When Lulu was a child, her strong-willed grandmother Ada filled her head with fables of the family's enchanted history in the Polish countryside. A fantastical lore took hold--an incantatory mix of young love, desperate hope, and one sinister bargain that altered the family's history forever. Since that fateful pact, Ada tells Lulu, each mother in their family has been given a daughter, but each daughter has exacted an essential cost from her mother.Ada was the first to recognize young Lulu's transcendent talent, spotting it early on in their cramped Chicago apartment, then watching her granddaughter ascend to dizzying heights in packed international concert halls. But as the curse predicted, Lulu's mother, a sultry and elusive jazz singer, disappeared into her bitterness in the face of Lulu's superior talent--before disappearing from her family's life altogether. Now, in the early days of her own daughter's life, Lulu now finds herself weighing her overwhelming love for her child against the burden of her family's past.In incandescent prose, debut novelist Adrienne Celt skillfully intertwines the sensuous but precise physicality of both motherhood and music. She infuses The Daughters with the spirit of the rusalka, a bewitching figure of Polish mythology that inspired Dvorák's classic opera. The result is a tapestry of secrets, affairs, and unimaginable sacrifices, revealing a family legacy laced with brilliance, tragedy, and most mysterious and seductive of all--the resonant ancestral lore that binds each mother to the one that came before.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Opera singer Lulu fears she will never be able to sing again. Convinced she is the victim of a curse against the women of her family, Lulu believes her inability to find her voice is somehow connected to the birth of her daughter. As Lulu struggles to return to her music, she also worries about the future of her marriage and what will happen when her husband discovers her long-held secret. As Lulu adjusts to new motherhood, she remembers the stories and people of her childhood. From her great-grandmother Greta, the family matriarch, to her own childhood as the beloved granddaughter of her grandmother Ada and the neglected daughter of her mother Sara, Lulu tries to make sense of her complicated family history. Celt's debut is a carefully crafted and mesmerizing look at one family's history. Populated by four generations of fascinating women and steeped in Polish tradition and folklore, The Daughters is a beautifully written exploration of the myths and the realities that bind families together that will leave readers eagerly awaiting Celt's next novel.--Gladstein, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Short story and comics creator Celt interweaves themes of music, motherhood, and myth in her lyrical debut novel. It centers on five generations of a family, specifically the women, all musical and all in some way fatherless. The day her first child is born, successful opera singer Lulu loses her beloved Polish grandmother. After Lulu's troubled mother, Sara, disappeared when Lulu was nine, grandmother Ada raised the girl, nurturing her promising voice and offering a sense of heritage through vivid tales about Lulu's great-grandmother Greta. Now an injury sustained during her own daughter's birth puts a halt to the singing that has driven Lulu's life and career, while a guilty secret jeopardizes her marriage. The simultaneous birth and losses seem to affirm the family curse: that Greta's female descendants will each have a daughter of superior musical gifts, but only at a heavy cost. As Lulu nurtures baby Kara and herself, she revisits the conflicting family histories her mother and grandmother have shared and their messages about female legacy, power, and longing. But whether she can heal her family wounds, either past or present, Lulu can't yet tell. The novel's luminous prose, subtle structure, and rich contrast between present-day Chicago and Old World folklore help craft a resonant meditation on the way our stories at once shape and sabotage our lives. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sopranos (Singers) -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :Liveright Publishing Corporation,2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 272 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781631490453
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