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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 129 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Toronto, Canada, Canada
  • English
  • 1554512549
  • 9781554512546
  • 968,187

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In her introduction to this follow-up of Certain Things about My Mother: Daughters Speak (2003), 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." ... Readers looking for an encouraging message won't find it here, though they will discover a wide range of experiences and an overall message of resilience and love through difficult times. This is a powerful exploration of the tremendous sway fathers have in their daughters' lives.--Lynn Rutan"Booklist" (11/01/2010)
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About Melanie Little

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