Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers

Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers


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ISBN-13: 9781620540138
Publisher: McPherson & Company
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Sales rank: 1,248,462
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Margaret McMullan lives in Evansville, Indiana, with her husband and son. Margaret was born in Newton County, Mississippi, near Smith County, where How I Found the Strong is set, and the main character is based on her grandmother's great-uncle.

Table of Contents

Foreword Margaret McMullan 9

Introduction Phillip Lopate 17


No Regrets Jane Smiley 23

Christmas From Now On Patricia Henley 33

My Father's Daughter Bliss Broyard 37

Secrets of the Sun Mako Yoshikawa 51

Sol's Exodus Nancy Jainchill 67

Lost & Found

My Dad Jill McCorkle 79

My Father's Bible Joyce Maynard 87

Masters in This Hall Melora Wolff 97

Crossing State Lines Jessica Woodruff 117

The Memory I Chose Jane Friedman 129

Waiting for My Father Barbara Shoup 137

The American Father Maxine Hong Kingston 147


Life Saver Ann Hood 167

Reading My Father Alexandra Styron 173

Gifts Nancy McCabe 191

Oxygen Susan Neville 207

What He Worked For Susan Perabo 219

Do You See What I See? Antonya Nelson 225

Daddy's Dime Store Lee Smith 229

Balloons Johanna Gohmann 235

A Relationship of Words Lily Lopate 243

Burning the Trees Jayne Anne Phillips 255

My Fathers Bobbie Ann Mason 263

Working for a Living Alice Munro 267

Contributors & Acknowledgments 295

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Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
socraticparenting More than 1 year ago
Every Father’s Daughter portrays 24 fathers through the carefully crafted prose of their daughters. Compiled and edited by Margaret McMullan as a tribute to her own father, these essays evoke the love, disappointment, pride and shame enmeshed in every father-daughter relationship. As a daughter, I purchased the book for myself in anticipation of Father’s Day as this June marks the one-year anniversary of my own father’s passing. I could not wait until Father’s Day to read it. From Jane Smiley to Alice Munro, Barbara Shoup to Margaret McMullan, these are some of the women writers I admire most, the ones I trust to carry me beyond my own experience into a higher, deeper, wider understanding that exceeds their own experiences as well. Through their stories, I came to know and appreciate different aspects of my own father and our relationship. Their emotions laid bare on the page triggered my own memories, encouraging me to examine them in a new light from a broader perspective. The book reminds me that all fathers and daughters are human and gives me a safe place to love and grieve for my dad this Father’s Day. As I finished the book, I recalled this quote from Rumi: “The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.” McMullan has succeeded in reassembling our individual broken truths into a clearer reflection of humanity.