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Exhausted from trying to live up to her mother’s expectations and burdened by their troubled history, Elizabeth struggles to mother her own teenage daughter Belle differently. She wants to celebrate when Belle receives a fabulous opportunity to pursue her music in New York City, but is horrified by the realization that this move will entail her being raised by Lillian, her own mother, the woman from whom she has purposefully distanced herself.

Belle is thrilled with the idea of ditching her overbearing mother and small-town Grand Forks, certain that everything will be better once she gets to the big city. Grandmother Lillian, forgetting about the woes of parenting a teenager, intends to vicariously enjoy Belle’s success, still sour over the loss of her own decades earlier. Meanwhile, left back home and spurned by the two people on whom she has focused all of her energy, Elizabeth develops a relationship with a young girl who has been removed from her home by social services and, ironically, wants nothing more than to be mothered.

While their individual journeys to territory they have misconstrued as the promised land ultimately lead them back home, the sudden disclosure of a long-buried secret threatens to keep Elizabeth, Belle, and Lillian apart forever.

Caroline Goldberg Igra’s From Where I Stand explores the challenge of being a mother, the frustration of being a daughter, and the heart-wrenching complexity of being both.

 

Reviews

Carol Van Den Hende

"From Where I Stand is an intimate drama, full of heart and authentic characters, propelled forward by long-ago secrets. Caroline Igra weaves a beautiful cross-generational story of hope and healing!"

Carol Van Den Hende
Author of award-winning Goodbye, Orchid

D. Donavan, Midwest Book Review

"From different memories and pain to the emotional damage that threatens long-held dreams, each life and viewpoint [in Igra's novel] is a dance of realization and change that ripples into the others' lives through a current of transformation. The result is a close inspection of family ties, mother/daughter bonds, and dreams both followed and broken that will especially interest women who struggle to revise their own family relationships."

D. Donavan
Midwest Book Review

"Three generations of women let go of grudges and secrets in Caroline Igra’s heart-warming novel From Where I Stand. Wherever you stand in the generational spectrum, you’ll find this story encouraging and optimistic."

B. Lynn Goodwin
Award-winning author of Talent and Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62

Mary K. Savarese

"Caroline Goldberg Igra masterfully weaves a tightrope of complexity between the mother, daughter, grandmother relationship. Each character’s life balances at times precariously, bravely, even momentously. From Where I Stand brings the reader into the center focus of three extraordinary lives of three extraordinary women, what came, what is, and what will be. A must-read, each point of view kept me wanting more."

Mary K. Savarese
Award-winning author of Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume (who knew!)

Susan Cushman, author of John and Mary Margaret, Friends of the Library, Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s and Cherry Bomb

"Caroline Goldberg Igra has written a jewel of a family saga, following three generations of women from New York City to Chicago to Grand Forks, North Dakota, as their individual journeys of self-discovery collide at the intersection of broken relationships and family secrets. Fans of Betsy Lerner’s memoir The Bridge Ladies will especially embrace this novel. Authentic and deeply emotional, From Where I Stand is a story that readers of all ages will love."

Susan Cushman
Author of John and Mary Margaret, Friends of the Library, Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s and Cherry Bomb

Leah Scheier, author of The Last Words We Said

"In From Where I Stand, Igra takes the reader on an emotional, multi-generational journey. Her depiction of the fraught nature of the mother-daughter relationship is poignant, relatable, and ultimately uplifting. A wonderful read for women of all ages."

Leah Scheier
Author of The Last Words We Said

Sarah Aronson, award-winning author of Just Like Rube Goldberg

"Caroline Goldberg Igra's compelling novel, FROM WHERE I STAND, grapples with the liminal journeys and complicated history of three generations of unforgettable women. This moving story about love, secrets, regrets, and finding the strength and capacity for change will get under your skin. A perfect novel to share and discuss."

Sarah Aronson
Award-winning author of Just Like Rube Goldberg

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"Igra's fabulous novel puts three extraordinary women at three extraordinary ages, all at a crossroads in their lives. What do we owe the ones we love? And at what cost to ourselves? Beautifully told and unforgettable."

Caroline Leavitt
New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and With or Without You

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"Turning her keen eye to the ever complex subject of mothers and daughters, Caroline Goldberg Igra weaves a moving tale of three generations of women navigating a lifelong maze of misunderstandings and misplaced expectations, but also of fiercely loyal love. This insightful exploration of intimacy and distance, old habits and new surprises, is a novel to savor—and then to share."

Robin Black
Author of Life Drawing

About the Author

Caroline Goldberg Igra is an author, an art historian, a triathlete, and a mother.

Her first novel, Count to a Thousand, (Mandolin Publishing) was published in 2018. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Away JournalMothers Always WritePandemic Journal, and Another Chicago Magazine. She presently blogs for The Times of Israel.