What My Father Gave Me

What My Father Gave Me

Daughters Speak

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781554512553
1554512557
Characteristics: 129 p.
Additional Contributors: Little, Melanie 1969-
Alternative Title: Daughters speak

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