by Rica Ramos
She Writes Press, May 9, 2023
Should Rica invite her mother to her wedding?
In her early early forties and about to remarry, Rica Ramos realizes that starting over could mean leaving her mother behind. She longs to heal the relationship, but her mother still refuses to acknowledge the sexual abuse Rica suffered at the hands of her stepfather, or her own culpability throughout the years. With old traumas resurfacing and a new life unfolding before her, Rica grasps the power of unspoken grief—and the potential to suffer or heal. Will she and her mother ever cross the chasm between them, or are some secrets meant to stay buried?
As Rica navigates her options, she faces two ultimate choices: submit to a culture that shames daughters for not honoring their mothers, or muster the courage to go her own way. Offering a bold and lucid look at mother-daughter relationships, Nobody’s Daughter underscores every woman’s right to truth and validation.
About the Author
Rica Ramos is the author of Petals of Rain and Nobody’s Daughter: A Memoir of Healing The Mother Wound. She’s also contributed to several anthologies, including Art in The Time of Unbearable Crisis and Forgiveness is the Hardest Thing. She’s a former journalist and current mother of two adult sons and one 60 lb. rescue dog that thinks she’s a lapdog. Rica enjoys connecting with readers and authors, and hosting monthly book giveaways on her website, Ricawrites.com.