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A Fine Daughter

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

"Alberta Trade Book of the YearSet in Little Cypress, a small prairie town in the 1950s, "A Fine Daughter" is the story of Fran and her illegitimate daughter, Cora. Together, on a journey toward love and acceptance, they learn to confront the strict morality that's made them outsiders.
Paperback, 175 pages
Published September 10th 2002 by Red Deer Press (first published September 10th 1999)
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Nov 13, 2008 Jayme rated it liked it
The plot of this novel is uncomplicated: A pregnant teenager goes to live in a prairie town, works in the general store and gives birth to a daughter. Fran refuses to give up her child, instead choosing to raise her in the judgmental town. She finds support from the owner of the general store and his ailing mother.

Like all small towns, Little Cypress has secrets and as these unfold, the characters in this book come to life. There’s plenty of nostalgia in this story for anyone who has grown up on
Jul 22, 2015 Joanne rated it liked it
After a bit of a slow start, I really got into this book and liked it so much. The characters were interesting and complicated, and mostly likable, with the serious exception of The Good Doctor, a man so hypocritical and dislikable as to bring me to wish him every plague. Oh well, can't like everyone.
Whenever I read something that starts out beautifully, I'm instantly skeptical of whether or not it'll stay that way. Of course, that was the case for this novel. I'm pleased to say that this novel stayed consistent in the narration from beginning to end.

I was entranced by Niven's voice and I can say the same for her characters. I'm not sure if they're too quirky to be real or if I'm just not attuned to human nature enough, but they were all characters I felt attached to. That gets thrown around
Mar 27, 2016 Gisele rated it it was amazing
An easy read that is beautifully written... What an impressive first novel for Catherine Simmons Niven! The story of Fran and her illegitimate daughter Cora...their life in a small prairie town in the 1950s and about the magical journey that life can be when one dares to open their mind and heart to the joys of being true to oneself... The writing reminded me of Alice Hoffman's...really enjoyed it!
May 21, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Lovely language, interesting and quirky characters, with the exception of the good doctor, who I thoroughly despised. An easy read.
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Mar 19, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book! Creates wonderful pictures in your head and speaks of the love of nature, and being yourself
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