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From Where I Stand

by Caroline Goldberg Igra

Burdened by a troubled history with her mother, Elizabeth struggles to raise her own teenage daughter differently. She wants to celebrate when Belle receives a fabulous opportunity in New York City but is horrified that this move will prolong the estrangement between them and, worse, entail Belle being raised by Elizabeth’s own mother. Belle is certain that everything will be better once she gets to the big city, and Grandmother Lillian intends to vicariously enjoy Belle’s success. Meanwhile, left back home, Elizabeth develops a relationship with a young girl who has been removed from her home by social services and ironically wants nothing more than to be mothered. While the individual journeys of these women ultimately lead them back home, the sudden disclosure of a long-buried secret threatens to keep Elizabeth, Belle, and Lillian apart forever. Caroline Goldberg Igra’s From Where I Stand explores the challenge of being a mother, the frustration of being a daughter, and the heart-wrenching complexity of being both.

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