Today I am excited to provide a guest post by Natalie Wexler author of The Mother Daughter Show as part of the Tribute Books Blog Tour. Natalie is here to talk about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. “Connecting with your teen through books and music.” Enjoy Natalie’s post and look for information regarding her and The Mother Daughter Show novel below.
I suspect that most mothers of teenage daughters—like the three main characters in my novel, The Mother Daughter Show—yearn to connect with their offspring. While a few lucky mothers may be able to do this effortlessly, many of us find it challenging.
And with good reason: a lot of teenagers would rather swallow hot oil than “connect” with a parent. Sure, they love their parents. They may even respect their parents. But hang out with their parents? Pour out their hearts to their parents? Please.
Granted, there are times when I’m less than thrilled about this situation—like when she announces, five minutes before she’s leaving on a trip, that she needs three really good books to take with her NOW. And every once in a while, inevitably, some book I’ve loved fails to resonate with her. But when we both have the same strong positive reaction to a book, it’s a terrific feeling—proof that despite the fact that I don’t always know as much as I’d like to about what’s going on inside her head, deep down we really are connected.
At Barton Friends a D.C. prep school so elite its parent body includes the President and First Lady – three mothers have thrown themselves into organizing the annual musical revue. Will its Machiavellian intrigue somehow enable them to reconnect with their graduating daughters, who are fast spinning out of control? By turns hilarious and poignant, The Mother Daughter Show will appeal to anyone who’s ever had a daughter – and anyone who’s ever been one.
Natalie Wexler is the author of The Mother Daughter Show (Fuze Publishing 2011) and an award-winning historical novel, A More Obedient Wife. She is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, and other publications, and she is a reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has also worked as a temporary secretary, a newspaper reporter, a Supreme Court law clerk, a legal historian, and (briefly) an actual lawyer. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.
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