The Bishop's Daughter

The Bishop's Daughter

by Honor Moore


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“An eloquent argument for speaking even the most difficult truths.” —New York Times Book Review

Paul Moore’s vocation as an Episcopal priest took him— with his wife, Jenny, and their family of nine children—from robber-baron wealth to work among the urban poor, leadership in the civil rights and peace movements, and two decades as the bishop of New York. The Bishop’s Daughter is his daughter’s story of that complex, visionary man: a chronicle of her turbulent relationship with a father who struggled privately with his sexuality while she openly explored hers and a searching account of the consequences of sexual secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393335361
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 548,967
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Honor Moore is a poet and the author of The Bishop’s Daughter. She lives in New York City and teaches at the New School and Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Part I Father

1 Prophet's Chamber 21

2 Guadalcanal 34

3 Inseparable 47

4 Holy Matrimony 61

5 Firstborn 77

6 Becoming a Priest 92

7 My Jersey City 105

8 Four-in-Hand 119

9 The Oldest 135

Part II Daughter

10 Light and Dark 155

11 Thou Shalt Not 169

12 In Public 187

13 Eager 202

14 The Family Cracks Open 217

15 Killing Me Softly 231

16 Art and Life 247

Part III Revelations

17 Women and the Kingdom 263

18 Discovery 281

19 Wayfarers 298

20 Andrew Verver 314

21 Complexity 328

22 Footsteps 341

Notes 355

A Note On Sources 359

Acknowledgments 361

Photographs 363

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The Bishop's Daughter 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because Honor and I were classmates, graduating from Shortridge in 1963. One of my best friends was Gwen Solomon, the first African-American Junior Prom Queen. From the outside, Honor seemed to have had a perfect life - the book laid out the truths, as she knows them to be. It is a true testament, to the rest of us, that having it all is not what is important. Being able to trace your lineage,having trust funds or connections means crap if you don't know the truths surrounding you. Each chapter brought a dropped jaw and teary eyes. I applaude her bravery and for re-telling her father's story and giving voice to her mother's side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had the privilege of reading an advance copy of this book. i think it's pulitzer prize winning material. a really important american story--complex, grand, dramatic, enthralling, moving. i mean, money, sex, god, and glamour--who could ask for anything more? honor moore is, of course, a marvelous writer--and this is eye-popping material. a must read.
Hillerm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honor and I are the same age, and I found myself tracking with her on all the familial, churchly, priestly observations that she made in the course of her book. As a priest and a gay man, I appreciated walking along with both her and her father as they wrestled with what life and God had given them. I found this book difficult to put down.
catalogthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just couldn't get into it. It felt... gossipy. Which I could forgive for a chapter or two (when the author is still trying to hook the reader), but which seemed cheap and false after 100 pages of unsubtle foreshadowing and little-to-no reflection or insight.For this, I had to create a new bookshelf: abandoned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an unusual peek behind the Rectory door.