Young and outspoken, Olivia Goodman spends her college years at UC Santa Cruz railing against social injustice. Yet in one ill-considered moment, her life changes after she becomes an unwitting accomplice to a crime. Betrayed by her lover and threatened with jail, Olivia is forced to turn for help to her disapproving mother, Elaine. When Olivia unexpectedly gets pregnant, the already strained bond between mother and daughter faces an even greater test. A slightly underdeveloped romance between Olivia and her defense attorney adds spice if not realism.
Waldman, the wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and formerly a criminal-defense attorney in L.A., offers a compelling portrait of the unintended victims of the American legal system. Crafted with compassion and outrage, Daughter's Keeper is about regret, sacrifice and forgiveness. This is a story brimming with hope and second chances.