Everything My Mother Taught Me

She would have to do away with herself in order to have a life of her own.

Allison Hoffman
Everything My Mother Taught Me


Publisher’s Synopsis:
In this haunting short story of loyalty and betrayal, a young woman in early 1900s Massachusetts discovers that in navigating her treacherous coming-of-age, she must find her voice first.

For fatefully observant Adeline, growing up carries an ominous warning from her adulterous mother: don’t say a word. Adeline vows to never speak again. But that’s not her only secret. After her mother takes a housekeeping job at a lighthouse off the tip of Cape Ann, a local woman vanishes. The key to the mystery lies with Adeline, the silent witness. New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman crafts a beautiful, heart-wrenching short story.

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Rellim’s thoughts:
While less than an hour in length this was an intriguing listen. This was told entirely from 12 year old Adeline’s perspective. Set in 1908 on a small island, she’s faced with her mother’s destructive and abusive behavior.

I really enjoyed the story, particularly Hoffman’s vivid and sometimes chilling writing.

Brittany Pressley was a great choice for this short. She has a young voice perfect for Adeline, but still brings the emotional emphasis needed for the plot.

About the author:
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic, The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

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My Favorite Quotes

She had told me often enough to keep my mouth shut, and now I did exactly that. I abolished all language on the day of my father’s funeral. – Everything My Mother Taught Me by @ahoffmanwriter #Audiobook narrated by @brit_pressley #KindleUnlimited #AmazonOriginal #ShortStory #Drama

She was pretty, but you had to search for her beauty, which was hidden in her kind eyes. – Everything My Mother Taught Me by @ahoffmanwriter #Audiobook narrated by @brit_pressley #KindleUnlimited #AmazonOriginal #ShortStory #Drama

She would have to do away with herself in order to have a life of her own. – Everything My Mother Taught Me by @ahoffmanwriter #Audiobook narrated by @brit_pressley #KindleUnlimited #AmazonOriginal #ShortStory #Drama

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