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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

Hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family are at the heart of this powerful first novel by the popular Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

“A moving, unforgettable story about time, progress, and how the mistakes of one generation get repeated or repaired by the next.” (J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times best-selling author of Saints for All Occasions)

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post and New York Post

1957, Clayton Valley, Ohio. Ellie has the best grades in her class. Her dream is to go to nursing school and marry Brick McGinty. A basketball star, Brick has the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. But when Ellie learns that she is pregnant, everything changes. Just as Brick and Ellie revise their plans and build a family, a knock on the front door threatens to destroy their lives. 

The evolution of women’s lives spanning the second half of the 20th century is at the center of this beautiful novel that richly portrays how much people know - and pretend not to know - about the secrets at the heart of a town, and a family.

©2020 Connie Schultz (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Connie Schultz’s The Daughters of Erietown is a quiet force of a novel. It crept up on me, much the same way that time creeps up on these characters. I was struck by how well Schultz portrays a full life - childhood to old age - and all the small moments that shape us, for better or for worse. Its ambitious scope will leave readers wanting to curl up with it until they’ve finished." (Mary Beth Keane, New York Times best-selling author of Ask Again, Yes)

"This is a big, deep, warm, and moving story of unforgettable women who make and shape their families. With the eye and ear of a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the insight and language of a born storyteller, Schultz immerses us in The Daughters of Erietown, from love to loss and back." (Amy Bloom, New York Times best-selling author of White Houses)

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  • Barbara Dyke
  • 14-06-2020

Compelling

I listened to the audio version of this fine novel. Very well written, and the characterizations were exquisite. Narration by Cassandra Campbell brought the story to life. Good work, Connie Schultz. I look forward to your next novel!

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  • Amy
  • 23-06-2020

When does the sequel come out!?

What wonderful characters! A true gem. It starts a little slow but in no time you will be knee deep in the lives of this family and the reality of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. So nice to read a book that is “real” while being fictional. Loved it!

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  • BostonLady
  • 15-06-2020

Glad I read this

Heard author on PBS discussing it and bought it. I grew up in a blue collar town. How would my life have been different if I had never left?

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  • Meg
  • 01-08-2020

Soap Opera! Save Your Credit

It's been a long time since I've had a book that I disliked this much. None of these characters are explored in depth. They're glossy predictable stereotypes. Turns of events are presented with the melodrama of a soap opera and 60s mom wallows in her powerlessness by - scrubbing stains out of his baseball pants, getting her beehive redone at the beauty parlor, or going to church quilting bee. Yawn. This book is like listening to one of those never ending, never quite remarkable stories about a friend your mom or grandma might tell. Summary - young marriage, insecure damaged parents raise damaged children, philandering husband, oops another baby, 60s leads to 70s women's movement, daughter in college has new views and family issues to resolve. Told for 14 long hours.

In addition, the narrator presents characters in voices of...Disney princesses? Certainly middle school actress in her most melodramatic voice. So sorry I wasted a credit on this one.

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  • Diana
  • 14-07-2020

Surprised

I hesitated to purchase this book. The title did nothing to catch my attention. But I LOVED it. The story held my attention consistently. I live in northeast Ohio which made the locations so familiar. And the characters reminded me of people I've know all my life. I think it's a must read!

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  • Dr. H
  • 26-02-2021

Deep Message of Unconditional Love

Wow this story took me through an emotional roller coaster. It helped me realize what others will do for love of family!! Great read!!

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  • PAS
  • 18-02-2021

Relentless

Only finished this because it was for book club. Finally liked a character (Rosemary) but that was a fleeting chapter. The reader had all the females sound like doe eyed incompetents. She read the 8 year old boy like a post-pubescent teen. Not sure she had a great deal to work with though. If you like depressing books, then maybe it will suit, otherwise, take a pass.

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  • My 2 Cents
  • 01-10-2020

Multi-generation story

Beginning in 1957 in a small town in Ohio and continuing for the better part of the century (1950s - 1990s), The Daughters of Erietown is a multi-generational story about women and their families. Most of the residents are ordinary everyday people. The women are stay at home mothers and the men hold blue collar jobs to support their families. There's a neighborhood bar and some friendly neighbors.

Brick McGinty and Ellie and young and in love. Brick grew up with an abusive father but, he is a basketball star and looking forward to promising future with a full scholarship to college. Ellie, raise by her grandparents, thinks about becoming a nurse but, it's an unplanned pregnancy that chases this young couple's dreams away.

This debut novel quickly drew me in to the lives of these of these characters. The writing was quite good with strong female characters and dialogue that felt genuine. I liked the way the author depicted small-town life. Seeing how the lives of the women had changed over the years was a highlight of this novel. I did think this book was unnecessarily long (almost 500 pages in print and over 14 hours on audio); IMO it could have benefitted by some additional editing. Overall, I was happy that I read/listened to this one. Cassandra Campbell narrated the audio which was very well done.

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  • N. Parish
  • 16-09-2020

Cliché and predictable

This book was okay. Being from NE Ohio the references invoked a sense a familiarity. But, they also seemed a bit cliche and the plot predictable and drawn out. I fee that the target audience for this book is someone from NE Ohio who grew up working class and is in their 60’s or older.

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  • Stephanie Patick
  • 09-09-2020

Painfully boring

I could not finish this poorly written, uninteresting book. There is too much dialogue and not believable.

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