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Everything My Mother Taught Me

Inheritance collection
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Series: Inheritance
Length: 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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.

©2019 by Alice Hoffman. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Powerful short by one of the best!

Adeline’s mother has only ever looked out for herself and cannot be trusted. After the death of Adeline’s father, they find work at a lighthouse where Adeline’s mother causes her usual problems. Adeline is young but determined to right her mother’s wrongs. Alice Hoffman is one of my favourite authors. She always writes strong female characters, and she doesn’t disappoint with this short but captivating story set in the early 1900s.

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  • 01-02-2020

This story is incredible

Sweet Lord many twists and turns... The narration is so good guys..you will love and pity the characters...

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  • 31-12-2019

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This story reminds me of my own life experiences as a child and young girl. Such as it was, at times I think about growing up with a mother who didn't like me. I am happy I am a loving caring person in spite of my mother.

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  • 24-02-2020

Total waste of 50 minutes of my life.

Sorry for being a Debbie Downer but in summary: mother-daughter angst + abusive man + nasty sex talk + faked suicide = nothing I’m interested in reading. The setting was cool, and I liked Julia. The End.

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  • Lorie
  • 19-02-2020

Great short story!

I didn’t realize this was a short story. Good read!! Going to check out the other short stories from this Inheritance collection!

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  • ndwoods
  • 11-02-2020

Too Short

I really enjoyed listening to this book.
story was tight and effective
I wished it was longer

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  • 11-02-2020

Everything My Mother Taught Me

A fairy tale with a mother instead of a wicked stepmother. Not worth the read.

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  • Kristin
  • 10-02-2020

great short story

Interesting short story, found it relatable and raw. emotional and full of depth. worth the listen!

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  • jmfree13
  • 09-02-2020

Fortitude Strength and Future

The fortitude demonstrated by a youth in the face of motherly exasperation leads to Strength and a Future free from pain

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  • Whatevermom
  • 08-02-2020

Great story

The narrator is a young girl when the story begins and grows up with the memory of her father guiding her life, even though she has to deal with a selfish hurtful mother. Great plot.

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  • Sherrie
  • 02-02-2020

nice story

Good story with a life lesson. It shows that no matter how you are raised, you can be a good person with the right kind of values.