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: 727,323

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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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 changes