What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Non-Fiction > solved - adult book, daughter meets father as an adult and has affair with him [s]

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Erin | 192 comments Hi, I'm trying to find a book a read a few years ago, sometime in the 2000's....I think it might have been a true story, not sure.

It was about a girl who grew up without her dad and she finally meets him when she is an adult. She ends up having an affair with him (she does know he's her father.) I want to say her first name was Jennifer, and the title possibly had the word "kiss" in it somewhere.


message 2: by Diana (last edited Feb 02, 2009 12:46PM) (new)

Diana Welsch | 529 comments It might be The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison.

From Amazon:The 1990s seems to be the decade of revelation. What used to be private is becoming increasingly public. All is aired on talk shows whose guests are no longer celebrities hawking their latest film, book, or album, but ordinary citizens selling their personal traumas. Mothers Who Sleep with Their Daughters' Boyfriends; Men Who Wear Their Girlfriends' Clothes; People Whose Families Have Been Murdered Before Their Eyes--no subject is too salacious or too shameful for public consumption.
And now here comes a true story about A Woman Who Slept with Her Father--prime fodder for the TV talk show feeding frenzy. Certainly it would be easy to lump Kathryn Harrison's new memoir, The Kiss into this same category of titillating topics, but that would be a mistake. There is nothing remotely titillating about Harrison's book; instead, it reads like a slow descent into hell--one that compels and repels in almost equal measure at times. Harrison, who did not really meet her father until she was 20, takes the reader on a difficult journey into her loveless childhood, her bouts with anorexia and bulimia, and, eventually, the incestuous 4-year affair with her father. Her prose is deceptively simple; her choice of present tense to describe events that occurred many years ago forces an immediacy--almost a complicity--upon the reader that heightens both revulsion and compassion.

The Kiss is not for everybody. Some readers will be outraged by its subject matter; others will find it just too painful to read. But for those who make it through, this harrowing tale promises the reward of a life reclaimed and a tragedy transcended.

message 3: by Erin (new)

Erin | 192 comments that's it! sheesh, it's the EXACT title of what I though, I probably should have looked harder. I think I looked through the library list a year ago and didn't find it, so I guess I assumed it was impossible...thank you!!!

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