What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak

What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak


Edited by Melanie Little, Contributions by Lisa Moore, Contributions by Susan Olding, Contributions by Saleema Nawaz, Contributions by Catherine Stonehouse, Contributions by Shannon McFerran

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  • Publisher: ANNICK PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 129 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 19 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto, Canada
  • ISBN 10: 1554512549
  • ISBN 13: 9781554512546
  • Sales rank: 701,347

Product description

Passionate, compelling essays reveal how daughters see their fathers. Editor Melanie Little brings together seven outstanding women -- including Susan Olding, Jessica Raya and Saleema Nawaz -- to write brilliant, powerful accounts of father-daughter relationships during their teen years. These deeply personal narratives draw readers into raw, real-life experiences. One girl recalls the parade of men in her mother's life until a man named Al unexpectedly becomes the father she never had. Another father's abandonment leads his teen daughter to enter a string of doomed relationships with older men, fuelled by her "pilot light of pure hatred." Another reveals the harrowing secret she guarded as a teen: the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. One girl watches as the father she loves and respects struggles on the picket lines during a lockout at work and through an ensuing depression. Another daughter charts her own reckless behavior against that of her father's, in search of a way to break the cycle. Gutsy and honest, these true stories invite readers behind secret doors as they celebrate the power of words to connect to the teen experience.

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Author information

Melanie Little is the author of the acclaimed young-adult novel "The Apprentice's Masterpiece." She lives in Nova Scotia.

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In her introduction to this follow-up to Certain Things about My Mother: Daughters Speak, editor Little explains, "I hope that, for some of you, these essays will be a door--perhaps a door to a better understanding of your father, but more importantly to a better understanding of, and appreciation for yourself. The seven essays that follow are short, personal, and painfully revealing. Now adults, the authors describe their teen relationships with their fathers, who for the most part struggled with their own demons, including alcoholism, depression, and gambling addiction. They are men who abandoned their children or sexually abused them, and the impact on their daughters is clearly long lasting... This is a powerful exploration of the tremendous sway fathers have in their daughters' lives.--Lynn Rutan"Booklist" (11/01/2010)