Isabel's Daughter: A Novel

Paperback | June 29, 2004

byJudith R. Hendricks

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The first time I saw my mother was the night she died. The second time was at a party in Santa Fe.

After a childhood spent in an institution and a series of foster homes, Avery James has trained herself not to wonder about the mother who gave her up. But her safe, predictable life changes one night when she stumbles upon the portrait of a woman who is the mirror image of herself.

Slowly but inevitably, Avery is compelled to discover all she can about her mother, Isabel. Avery is drawn into complex relationships with the people who knew her mother. As she weaves together the threads of her mother's artistic heritage and her grandmother's skills as a healer, Avery learns that while discovering Isabel provides a certain resolution in her life, it's discovering herself that brings lasting happiness.

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The first time I saw my mother was the night she died. The second time was at a party in Santa Fe.After a childhood spent in an institution and a series of foster homes, Avery James has trained herself not to wonder about the mother who gave her up. But her safe, predictable life changes one night when she stumbles upon the portrait of...

The first time I saw my mother was the night she died. The second time was at a party in Santa Fe.After a childhood spent in an institution and a series of foster homes, Avery James has trained herself not to wonder about the mother who gave her up. But her safe, predictable life changes one night when she stumbles upon the portrait of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.91 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060503475

ISBN - 13:9780060503475

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Isabel's Daughter Avery James was a foundling. Brought up in institutions and foster homes she leaves at the age of 13 to find her own way. At first she stumbles upon Cassie who teaches her about herbs and healing. She eventually finds her way to Sante Fe where she is an assistant to a caterer. Working at a wealthy art dealer's party she comes upon a painting of a woman who is her mirror image. Avery has found her mother. What follows is a search. Her mother died in a tragic accident 8 years ago. Avery initially declines wanting to know anything about her mother but she ends up wanting to know all about her. From her lover and friends, her enemies and even her isolated cabin and journal she finds out about her mother and herself.
Date published: 2009-10-30

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calls to mind Barbara Kingsolver in her affinity for wise women and the power of close female friendships.”