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My Father's Ghost

4.67 of 5 stars 4.67  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"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 b ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Tarcher
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Dec 16, 2014 Sull rated it 5 of 5 stars
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WHAT a book this was! When the author invited her estranged, mysterious father to move across the country to live with her and her husband, she had no idea that he'd say yes, or what the reality would be once he arrived with his few art supplies (he had been an artist) and the cache of 40 volumes of diary he'd kept for most of his adult life, the "history" his daughter wasn't sure she could face but did.

But mostly it's a story of all those years he lived with her (17!). As he and her mother had
When Suzy McKee Charnas was eight years-old her father, Robin McKee, left her, her mother and sister to dedicate his life to being an artist. He was spectacularly unsuccessful. Contact with his children was intermittent but never broken. Several years later realizing that Robin was living a meager existence in Manhatten and had problems caring for himself as he entered old age, Charnas invites him to live with her and her husband in New Mexico. Surprisingly he accepts.
Charnas writes eloquently a
A very honest and often funny account of being the grown-up child of an aging stranger-dad. I like the elderly; I found this book on a shelf at work; I now like my job.
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Suzy McKee Charnas was born and educated in New York City, attending Barnard College as an Economic History major (1961) and, after a two-year stint in Nigeria with the Peace Corps, New York University (MAT, 1965). She taught at the New Lincoln School in New York until Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital hired her away as a curriculum consultant for their high school drug-abuse treatment program. In 1969 ...more
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