Saturday's Child: A Daughter's Memoir

Deborah Burns (Author)

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
Publish Date
April 09, 2019
5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Deborah Burns is a former Chief Innovation Office and brand leader for ELLEgirl, ELLE DΓ©cor, Metropolitan Home, and ELLE Global Marketing. Now a media industry consultant, she helps brands, executives, and professional women reinvent themselves through her expertise, coaching process, and website,, which she founded. Beneath her business leader exterior, however, always beat the heart of a writer, and several years ago she began the creative journey to write Saturday's Child and tell her mother's story. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and their three children.


2019/2020 Reader Views Silver Winner in Memoir/Biography 2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Autobiography/Memoir "Devilishly sharp... a masterful balance of psychological excavation and sumptuous description." --Kirkus Reviews "Poignant and absorbing, Saturday's Child carefully examines how a daughter's childhood obsession became a more complicated reckoning with her mother's secrets." --Booklist "A fascinating mother-daughter bond loaded with the realities of perfection, perception, identity, and the choices we make. An intergenerational story for the ages." --Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today best-selling author of Somebody's Daughter "In her searingly honest memoir, Deborah Burns unpacks what it means to be the daughter of a mistaken-for-a-movie-star mother who refuses to be defeated by life, no matter its disappointments. At once painful and uplifting, and rich with period detail, you will fall in love with both generations." --Sally Koslow, international best-selling author of Another Side of Paradise "With a journalist's eye and a poet's hand, the author conveys the unique texture of her glamorous mother's elusive love. Heartbreaking and hopeful, searing and soulful, Saturday's Child is unputdownable--this generation's Terms of Endearment." --Meghann Foye, author of Meternity "A cinematic memoir that reads like fiction, with lush, elegant prose that belies a raw, honest narrative of a daughter coming to terms with the narcissistic mother whom she idealized. An unforgettable journey of discovery, understanding, and self-love." --Lisa Anselmo, author of My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home "A universal tale of family and the quest for belonging; of reconciling the secrets we keep with the desire for truth; and of discovering that the unconditional love we all crave from others can ultimately be found inside ourselves." --Holly C. Corbett, author of The Lost Girls "Mesmerizing. A must-read for any daughter who's ever tried to figure out where her mother ends and she begins." --Lynnda Pollio, author of Trusting the Currents "A beautifully written love letter to a fascinating mother. I was immediately drawn in by both the prose and the mysteries at the heart of this unique mother-daughter relationship." --Andrea Jarrell, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-nominee I'm the One Who Got Away "Riveting and affecting; timeless and timely--a stunning debut." --Bethany Ball, author of What to Do About the Solomons "A poignant, candid exploration of the bond between mother and daughter. In allowing herself to see her mother as a real person, flaws and all, Burns not only sets herself free--she shows the rest of us how to do the same." --Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide "Deborah Burns fearlessly reveals the hidden truths of a compelling and challenging mother-daughter relationship. Vividly written and thoroughly rewarding!" --Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College, and author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated J.W. Valentine "In this captivating memoir, the relationship between an unconventional and fiercely independent mother and the daughter who idolized her is revealed in all its complexity. A story of identity, self-discovery, and forgiveness." --Jennifer Kitses, author of Small Hours "A heartfelt tale of love, honor, and becoming ... wise and wonderful." --Agapi Stassinopolous, author of Wake Up to the Joy of You