All the Lost Girls

All the Lost Girls

Confessions of A Southern Daughter

Book - 2000
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Turns a critical yet loving eye on the sometimes volatile culture of the South and the relationships between southern mothers and daughters

Patricia Foster's lyrical yet often painful memoir explores the life of a white middle-class girl who grew up in rural south Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, a time and place that did not tolerate deviation from traditional gender roles. Her mother raised Foster and her sister as "honorary boys," girls with the ambition of men but the temperament of women.

An unhappy, intelligent woman who kept a heartbreaking secret from everyone close to her, Foster's mother was driven by a repressed rage that fed her obsession for middle-class respectability. By the time Foster reached age fifteen, her efforts to reconcile the contradictory expectations that she be at once ambitious and restrained had left her nervous and needy inside even while she tried to cultivate the appearance of the model student, sister, and daughter. It was only a psychological and physical breakdown that helped her to realize that she couldn't save her driven, complicated mother and must struggle instead for both understanding and autonomy.
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2000.
ISBN: 9780817310479
0817310479
Branch Call Number: 976.1063 Fos
Characteristics: 308 p. : 23 cm.

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