My Father's Daughter
Poor Little Rich Boy
Winston Carmichael has it all: a big house, servants, vacations in Palm Beach, and a fancy private school. But with overprotective parents and a sense of responsibility for his younger sister, Heidi, Winston sometimes feels more as if he's living in a prison than a dream.
Then one day a woman appears at the front door claiming to be Caroline -- Win...more
Konigsburg is one of my author-heroines. The thought of her passing still saddens me.
The Konigsburg is a capital author. Her sensory descriptions don't just make you feel or see something in your head, it also makes you feel the emotions that come with the sights/sounds/feelings/tastes/smells. Her writing is clever, witty, funny, and insightful. It's rare to read YA books, especially ALA-favourited ones, that treat the reader as an intelligent being who knows how to use a dictionary an ...more
If you don't know what a word means, look it up. That's what dictionaries are for. Was Ms. Konigsburg consulted before the retitling (before her death)?
The production of this book by Hallmark Hall of Fame (as Caroline?) made me find a copy and read it. I was not disappointed. But then I have yet to be disappointed by any of Ms. Konigsburg's work.
Publishers, please go back to the original title. I am so glad MY copy has it.
I found this to be a very moving story, nicely crafted and paced, with just a bit of mystery to keep the plot interesting. As a kid, a lot of the behavior of the adults mystified me. I wasn't an especially insightful or perceptive kid, so tha ...more
I did, in part, at the end with no spoilers, can admit thought it was strange, but I still enjoyed it.
It's a quick read and if you somehow find yourself reading it, I don't think you'd extremely disappointed.
Father's Arcane Daughter was originally published in 1976. In 2008, it was re-released with a slightly altered title, My Father's Daughter.
The narrator of the story is Winston Carmichael, a privileged kid living in a household filled with hired help. His mother, Grace, babies his little sister,
Heidi, to hide the fact that she has some disabilities, and his father, who has been married before, has a daughter, Caroline who was kidnapped as a te ...more
In this story, Winston's tightly regulated and privileged world is unwound when his half-sister suddenly appears after years. Caroline is a breath of fresh air, though, and both Winston and his younger sister, Hillary (aka Heid ...more
Unfamiliar with this title, I found this story transporting me back to one of my earliest television memories--the 1974 kidnapping of Patricia Hearst. ("Father's Arcane Daughter was originally published in 1976 so the kidnapping of an heiress would have been a timely plot line and in fact the book was the basis of an Emmy-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame movie).
This story cont ...more
Then yesterday me and Joe and Carmen were in this thrift store up here and it was a real d ...more
Winston Carmichael is the younger brother of the long lost Caroline Carmichael, who reappears years after being kidnapped. Is she the real Caroline or an imposter? Regardless of her story or whether or not she is who she says she is, Caroline becomes a lifeline and system of support to Winston and his younger sister, ...more
This books plays with your head. Is she legit? Is she who she claims to be? As she befriends her siblings and begins to change their lives, the reader bites their lip in nervousness a bit because it could be so good or so bad in the long run.
The twist at the end is not en ...more
The way that this story unfolds is interesting. It takes the word "arcane" and runs with it. As you read you find yourself wondering what exactly is going on with this family because rather than telling you many of the details it just gives little hints through the first 90% of the book then bigger hints and finally pretty full explainations.
I enjoyed it, but it is not my favorite by this accomplished author
Still, it was clever, kept me guessing, and I liked the characters and the ending very much.
Joseph is enjoying it and trying to guess whether or not Caroline is the original and authentic kidnapped
daughter, now returned at age 35.
Some wonderful, ethical questions arise and I look forward to some decent discussion after my son finishes the book, too.
I enjoyed this book, but it felt rushed. The story would have been better served had it not been squished into a 115-page young adult novel. (On the other hand, I might not have read it had it not been squished into a 115-page young adult novel.)