What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak
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What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak

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Passionate, compelling essays reveal how daughters see their fathers.

Editor Melanie Little brings together seven outstanding women -- including Susan Olding, Jessica Raya and Saleema Nawaz -- to write brilliant, powerful accounts of father-daughter relationships during their teen years.

These deeply personal narratives draw readers into raw, real-life experiences. One girl...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 19th 2010 by Annick Press
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This book contains the stories of seven women who reveal their own stories about their teenage relationships with their fathers. The editor hopes that the book will “be a door to a better understanding of your father, but more importantly, to a better understanding of, and appreciation for, yourself.” I don’t think that lofty hope has been realized in this book, unless you happen to have a father like one of the ones described here.

For example, one daughter detests how her Indian father left he...more
Diane Ferbrache
In a brief book containing 7 stories, reflections and recollections of the authors’ fathers and step-fathers. The first is a sweet, but sad story of a father’s death and lingering influence (presence?) in the lives of the author and her mother. The rest are stories about alcoholic, compulsive gambling, abusive fathers, multiple successive step-fathers and how the fathers’ behaviors influence the daughters – alcoholic, sexually active, cutters, and more. Although likely cathartic for the writers,...more
I have a hard time giving this a rating because some of the stories were really moving and some were flat. I found the last two to be the strongest -- a picture of a father who lost his job and his pride and a stepfather who stepped up to the plate.

I initially picked this one up hoping to maybe connect with something here, but I wasn't satisfied. That's not to say it's not a good collection nor that there will be stories that resonate with readers, especially teens, but it didn't satisfy what I...more
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and I just received it yesterday...I was very impressed with it...They are all really wonderful story's, some sad, and some are interesting...It consists of 7 short stories, each one completely different from the other...Each story having a common thread, that reveals the relationship between teenage girls and their fathers...I loved the story a daughter tells of her father buying her "Jesus boots," at a yard sale and remembering her dad yelling to her, "...more
Linda Katzman
What did your father give you? Was he a stereotypical father like they show on TV? Did you get his eyes and ears? Has he taught you something very unique about life? Several authors explore what “gifts” their fathers left them with. Even those without a father learned something from the experience. Some of us will remember our fathers as an almost superhuman man who made our lives the best he could. Some will remember him as a tyrant. The father/daughter relationship is special in many ways and...more
I picked up this book just because the title is so provocative (I had never heard of it, nor did I read any reviews before I read it, which is getting to be a very rare occurance for me). There's only 7 stories in the book, but they are all really wonderful, some sad, some just interesting. Though none exactly captured the type of father I had. Maybe I need to write my own essay. Hmmm.
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and I was very impressed with it. It consists of 7 short stories, each one completely different but all having the common thread of the relationship between teenage girls and their fathers. A powerful read!
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Melanie Little decided she wanted to be a writer roughly around the time she became conscious. Or, to be more exact, around the time she became conscious of words. Her first book, self-published when she was three years old, was about a family of bank robbers (though she called them "banque" robbers, proof, perhaps, of the bilingual nature of northern Ontario, where she grew up). The book was well...more
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