Greer learns the reasons behind her father's emotionally distant behavior and though her narrative ``suffers from purple-hued padding, self-dramatization and a glaring dearth of factual evidence about her father's adult life, it's worth sticking with for the surprising finale,'' observed PW. `` The deeply affecting climax is a remarkable feat of family reconstruction . '' Author tour. (Feb.)
Driven to know if the father who returned from World War II a cold and vacant man had loved her once, feminist Greer ( The Female Eunuch, LJ 4/15/71) follows a trail of false leads and outright lies to know the truth about the man who called himself Reg Greer. To the dismay of her sharp-tongued, eccentric mother, but to the pleasure of herself and her siblings, she finds someone who, concealing his origins in poverty and illegitimacy, rises to middle-class security on the strength of his own wit and resourcefulness. Some of the writing is marred by Greer's fascination with the minutiae of herself, but the search and its results are intriguing. For medium and large public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/89.-- Christine M. Hill, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Germaine Greer is a writer, academic, and critic, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of our time. Her bestselling books include The Female Eunuch and The Whole Woman. She lives in northwest Essex, England, and has taught Shakespeare at universities in Australia, Britain, and the United States.