The relationship between a mother and daughter can be both complicated and interesting.
Laura & Emma, by Kate Greathead, was published in 2019.
In the early 1980s in New York City, Laura has just entered her 30s without much of a plan. The daughter of an old-money, blue blood family, she has a one-night stand. The man whom she slept with has vanished and has left Laura with a parting gift: a child. Instead of ending the pregnancy or giving the baby up for adoption, she decides to raise her daughter as a single parent.
Taking place over a period of 15 years, the book explores the changing dynamic between the characters as they both age and deal with what life throws at them.
The best way to describe the book is a sort of Gilmore Girls-ish narrative that is set in NYC instead of small-town Connecticut. The best part of the story was the relationship between the main characters. I was able to feel the feels between Laura and Emma.
Overall, it was an ok read. I wasn’t completely underwhelmed, but I came pretty close. What got me was the ending. I did not understand it at all.
Do I recommend it? Maybe
Laura & Emma are available wherever books are sold.
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