Daughter: A Novel

Daughter: A Novel

by Claudia Dey
Daughter: A Novel

Daughter: A Novel

by Claudia Dey


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This dark, intimate novel about a complicated relationship between a father and a daughter is perfect for readers of Patricia Lockwood and Lisa Taddeo. An examination of the familial relationships that can build us up or tear us down, this is ultimately the story of a young woman's becoming, and stepping out from the shadow of her larger-than-life father.

A Must-Read: The New York Times, Elle, Literary Hub, The Millions, The Globe and Mail, and CBC

“[A] darkly glittering tale. We are inside a howl.” The New York Times Book Review

In Claudia Dey’s Daughter, a woman long caught in her father's web strives to make a life—and art—of her own.

To be loved by your father is to be loved by God.

So says Mona Dean—playwright, actress, and daughter of a man famous for one great novel, a man whose needs and insecurities exert an inescapable pull and exact an immeasurable toll on the women of his family: Mona, her sister, her half sister, their mothers. His infidelity destroyed Mona’s childhood, setting her in opposition to a stepmother who, though equally damaged, disdains her for being broken. Then, just as Mona is settling into her life as an adult and a fledgling artist, her father begins a new affair and takes her into his confidence. Mona delights—painfully, parasitically—in this attention. When he inevitably confesses to his wife, Mona is cast as the agent of disruption, punished for her father’s crimes and ejected from the family.

Mona’s tenuous stability is thrown into chaos. Only when she suffers an incalculable loss—one far deeper and more defining than family entanglements—can she begin supplanting absent love with real love. Pushed to the precipice, she must decide how she wants to live, what she most needs to say, and the risks she will take to say it.

Claudia Dey chronicles our most intimate lives with penetrating insight and devilish humor. Daughter is an obsessive, blazing examination of the forces that drive us to become, to create, and to break free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374609702
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/12/2023
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 32,085
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Claudia Dey’s most recent novel, Heartbreaker, was a Northern Lit and Trillium Book Award finalist. It was named a best book of the year by multiple publications and is being adapted for television. Her plays have been produced internationally and nominated for the Governor General’s, Dora Mavor Moore, and Trillium Book Awards. Dey has worked as a film actress, a guest artist at the National Theatre School, and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto. Her fiction, interviews, and essays have appeared in The Paris Review (“Mothers as Makers of Death”), McSweeney’s, Literary Hub, Hazlitt, and The Believer.
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