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Informed with uncooked, rugged honesty, this heartrending memoir from journalist Sarah Tomlinson recounts her unconventional upbringing and coming-of-age as coloured via her advanced dating along with her father.

Sarah Tomlinson used to be born on January 29, 1976, in a farmhouse in Freedom, Maine. After years of tried relatives existence in Boston, her father’s playing dependancy and damaged grants led her mom to pool her assets with 5 different households to shop for a hundred acres of land in Maine and reunite along with her collage boyfriend. Sarah may spend nearly all of her early life on “The Land” with rare, yet coveted, visits from her father, who—as a hitchhiking, acid-dropping, wannabe mystic grew to become taxi driver—was not anything wanting a rock superstar in her eyes.

Propelled out of her bohemian upbringing to hunt the large lifestyles she equated along with her father, Sarah entered collage at fifteen, the place a college capturing additional complex her quest for a feeling of security. whereas setting up herself as a journalist and rock critic on either coasts, Sarah’s father persevered to swerve out and in of her lifestyles, construction and re-breaking their dating, and fracturing Sarah’s self belief and feel of self. during this unforgettable memoir, Sarah conveys the darkish comedy in her quest to fix the guts her father broke.

Bittersweet, sincere, and finally redemptive, Good woman takes an insightful inspect what occurs whilst the folk we like unconditionally are the folks who disappoint us the main, and the way time, introspection, and recognition may help us heal.

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