What My Father Gave Me

What My Father Gave Me : Daughters Speak

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 129 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Toronto, Canada, Canada
  • English
  • 1554512549
  • 9781554512546
  • 838,469

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Powerfully written, there is bound to be at least one story in this collection that will break your heart, bring you to tears, or inspire you to make changesshow more

About Melanie Little

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