If you’re a grandmother, a mother, or a daughter, and do not find a bit of yourself in the novel From Where I Stand by Caroline Goldberg Igra, I would be very surprised. I recognized myself in all those roles, and while I didn’t always like what I saw, I was ultimately comforted by the goodness I recognized in Lillian, Elizabeth, and Belle, the three primary narrators of this unique and touching story. Few women I know would deny that “Mothers wield strange powers. They have the unparalleled ability to destroy their children with the simplest statements.”

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