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He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers

He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers

He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers

He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers


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He Never Came Home is a collection of 22 personal essays written by girls and women who have been separated from their fathers by way of divorce, abandonment, or death. The contributors to this collection come from a wide range of different backgrounds in terms of race, socioeconomic status, religion, and geographic location. Their essays offer deep insights into the emotions related to losing one’s father, including sadness, indifference, anger, acceptance—and everything in between.

This book, edited by Essence magazine's West Coast editor Regina R. Robertson, is first and foremost an offering to young girls and women who have endured the loss of their fathers. But it also speaks to mothers who are raising girls without a father present, offering important perspective into their daughter's feelings and struggles.

The essays in He Never Came Home are organized into three categories: "Divorce," "Distant," and "Deceased." With essays by contributors such as Emmy Award–winning actress Regina King, fitness expert and New York Times best-selling author Gabby Reece, and television comedy writer Jenny Lee, this anthology illustrates the journey of the fatherless, and provides a space for these writers to express their pain, hope, and healing—minus any judgments and without apology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932841992
Publisher: Agate
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,075,626
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Regina R. Robertson is the west coast editor for Essence magazine. Along with penning cover and feature stories (and the once-weekly online column View from the West), her work has appeared in such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, the Associated Press, and The Root. She has also been quoted in the Los Angeles Times and appeared as a featured guest on NPR, The Real, Reelz, TVOne, and KTLA-TV. She lives in Los Angeles.

Joy-Ann Reid is the host of the show AM Joy on MSNBC and a national correspondent appearing regularly on prime-time programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. She formerly hosted the show The Reid Report on MSNBC. She served as the managing editor of, has written columns for the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel, Salon, The Daily Beast, and the South Florida Times, and authored the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joy-Ann Reid ix

Introduction 1

Part I Distant

The Birthday Present Niko Amber 9

Who Is My Father? Demetrea Hardiman, As Told to the Editor 15

Again Danielle Rene 23

A Lesson from My Mother Nicole Shealey 31

My Sugar Pie Desney Butler, As Told to the Editor 39

Here and There Simone I. Smith, As Told to the Editor 49

The Girl at the Window Sarah Tomlinson 59

I Was the Different One Nisa Rashid, As Told to the Editor 69

Part II Divorced

What's in a Name? Tamala Merritt, As Told to the Editor 75

Redefining Family Regina King, As Told to the Editor 81

Love, Peace, and Happiness … Despite My Father Cindy M. Birch 89

The Friendly Demon Kyra Groves 101

He Always Said, "I Love You" Tresa L. Sanders, As Told to the Editor 107

All Is Forgiven Cori Murray 119

Every Time You Go Away Alysse Elhage 131

Part III Deceased

My Daddy's Girl Still Kirsten West Savali 145

Going There Jenny Lee 153

You Did It Your Way Bridgette Bartlett Royall 163

Life, After Mai Huggins Lassiter, As Told to the Editor 167

That Day in April Wendy L. Wilson 175

The Way It Should Be Gabrielle Reece, As Told to the Editor 181

Death of a Stranger Regina R. Robertson 189

Acknowledgments 201

About the Contributors 205

About the Editor 209

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