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The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story


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This is a love letter to a mother whose deep flaws could not drown out her much deeper love.

Who is your mother? Who are you? And, more importantly, who are the two of you in relation to one another? These are the question that Laura Davis asks in her volatile and tender memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story.

In her twenties, Laura's world imploded when she started recalling the sexual abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her paternal grandfather. After dreading it for weeks, she phoned the one person whose support she needed most: her mother, Temme. But not only didn't Temme believe her, she vilified her. What followed was decades of estrangement, blistering arguments, and, miraculously, a path to reconciliation.

After her co-authored book, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse became a smash hit, her mother was devasted. She and her family had been laid bare, and she felt betrayed that her daughter had, according to her, told vicious lies.

But did Temme truly not believe Laura, or was she hiding from a darker reality?

Davis' memoir is equal parts entrancing and horrifying. She effectively applies a glaringly critical eye on her mother and other family members while maintaining compassion for them as people that is rarely seen in this kind of work. She also doesn't spare herself from this critique, exposing some of her darkest moments unashamedly and ultimately endearingly.

As Temme, once a fiery social worker and theatre actress, crosses the bridge into old age and eventually a battle with Alzheimer's disease, the two women's relationship is redefined as Laura becomes the guardian she once needed. Through this transition and after her mother's death, Laura learns that things are never as clear-cut as we see them, and the truth can be difficult to reach when dealing with a biased memory.

The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story is a sensitively and methodically written book by a woman with a lifetime's experience of pain and how to deal with it. It is also a love letter to a mother whose deep flaws could not drown out her much deeper love.

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About the author

Laura Davis is author of 7 groundbreaking books, including The Courage to Heal & I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. In addition to writing books that inspire, the work of Laura’s heart is to teach. She loves creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally. view profile

Published on November 09, 2021

Published by GirlFriday Books

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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