Everything My Mother Taught Me

Everything My Mother Taught Me

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.

Alice Hoffman’s Everything My Mother Taught Me is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

Title:Everything My Mother Taught Me
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781542091459
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    Everything My Mother Taught Me Reviews

  • Angela M

    I immediately loved twelve year Adeline and was broken hearted for her from the first sentence. “There are those who insist that mothers are born with love for their children and place them before a...

  • Julie

    Everything my Mother Taught Me by Alice Hoffman is a 2019 Amazon original collections story- Inheritance Collection #1 First, I would like to thank all my Goodreads friends for recommending this story...

  • Paromjit

    A brilliant and atmospheric short story from Alice Hoffman, about a young girl who is little more than an encumbrance to her mother, Nora Ivie. Adeline, named after a soap, adores her father, once a s...

  • Sandra

    Very good, engrossing short story about a young twelve-year-old girl named Adeline (who is mute by choice after her father dies) and her terrible, selfish mother (who becomes a housekeeper at the ligh...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    This short story is just under 30 pages long but carries a strong message. In simple terms I think it basically comes down to “the love you give is the love you get back”. There are so many mother...

  • Peter

    CircumspectEverything My Mother Taught Me (Inheritance Collection #1) is a poignant story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, husband, and neighbours. Some women should never be married, s...

  • Beata

    This was my second read by Ms Hoffman, and she has definitely become the author I will follow.This short story had all my attention and engagement as a reader. The premise, a rocky island off Massachu...

  • Paige

    More than a tale about mother and daughter, this short story dives into questions of nature vs. nurture. Having grown up with shameless and unethical mother, the main character, 12 year old Adeline, c...

  • marilyn

    Alice Hoffman has just gained a fan with this story of twelve year old Adeline, who loves her kind, compassionate father with all her heart. Adeline's despises her cheating mother and after Adeline's ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    The year was 1908 when Adeline’s father died. She was 12. She and her mother, Nora Ivie, left their home in Boston -forty miles away, to live on island in Essex County... at the tip of Cape Ann. Tha...