My Father's Ghost: The Return of My Old Man and Other Second Chances

My Father's Ghost: The Return of My Old Man and Other Second Chances

by Suzy McKee Charnas

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My Father's Ghost: The Return of My Old Man and Other Second Chances by Suzy McKee Charnas

"My Father's Ghost" is a wise woman's look at a "failed" father-daughter relationship—how it hurt, how it healed, and how, ultimately and in unexpected ways, the problem father became the daughter's strength. My Father's Ghost will be an inspiration to anyone who is dealing with a parent's aging or approaching death, and fans of this splended writer will find her at her best here." (Sarah Smith, author of A Citizen of the Country)

"In My Father's Ghost Suzy McKee Charnas reveals a father-daughter relationship at levels recognized only by the heart...she communicates the fears and wishes that surround dying in a personal and uplifting story. I recommend this book to all." (Daniel Hays, author of My Old Man and the Sea)

"My Father's Ghost is a thoughtful, sad and loving study of the life and death of a brilliant and troublesome man. You'll be glad you read it. (Tony Hillerman) When Suzy McKee Charnas realized that her father could no longer care for himself on his own, she invited him to come live in the old adobe "in-law" cottage beside her own in New Mexico. My Father's Ghost skillfully traces a parent-child relationship inverted by the changes of aging.

Over the last seventeen years of her father's life-as she drove him to the grocery store, to the bank, or picked him up off the floor after he had fallen-Charnas struggled to understand this man whose former artistic ambition seemed to hang like a shadow over his old age. She reflects on the difficulties inherent in their situation even as she reveals that her father's inability to care for himself afforded them the opportunity to bridge a gap that might easily never have been mended.

A moving portrait of the last chapter in a father-daughter relationship and of the divide between the person we are in our youth and who we become in our old age, My Father's Ghost will resonate deeply with anyone facing old age or caring for an elderly loved one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585421855
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Suzy McKee Charnas is the Nebula Award-winning author of twelve science fiction and fantasy novels.

Table of Contents

1.Wine and Ashes1
Book 1The Second Chance
2.Going Blind17
3.Nuclear Family Fission33
4.Mr. Geniality49
5.Las Palomas59
6.Green Truck71
7.Bredds and Muffins78
8.Mom90
9.False Teeth98
10.George and Bibi114
11.Chinatown128
12.The Death of Fred Astaire140
Book 2Falling Off the Cliff as He Fled from the Tiger, the Man Saw a Flower Growing on the Cliff Face and Thought, "How Lovely!"
13.Cedar Street153
14.Fear of Falling170
15.Vista de la Muerte187
16.Let Me Pop You in My Sack, Says Death204
17.The Man with the Cauliflower Brain219
18.Life Sentence235
19.Jane, Jane, Jane!247
20.And Then You Die263
21.Who Was That Masked Man?282
22.Visitations296

What People are Saying About This

Peter Straub

A supremely unsentimental, beautifully observed, and forgiving memoir.

Claire Berman

...painfully honest and deeply touching....A personal journey that speaks to us all.

James Morrow

...his daughter conveys each lesson with an unflinching eye, a knowing voice, and a forgiving heart.

Jack Williamson

This is a book for today. Written honestly and plainly, it llluminates a universal problem.

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