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message 1: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Melissa I kept hearing really good things about this book, but, gag! It's always a shame when a good story line gets butchered.


message 2: by Chrystal714 (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Chrystal714 | 47 comments This is on my list to read soon. I keep hearing bad things about it though. I am reconsidering.


message 3: by Maria (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Maria | 19 comments Tangentially, what's up with the The Profession's Relative book titles? I saw a book by George Orwell called The Clergyman's Daughter - do we have him to blame for the fad?

Also, anyone want to help me compile a complete list of these? The Time Traveler's Wife is the only other I can came off the top of my head, but I know I've heard of at least three or four more.


message 4: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Melissa Hmmm... The Alchemist's Daughter, The Abortionist's Daughter, The Astronaut's Wife


message 5: by Mark (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Mark Ahem... The Bonesetter's Daughter, Pandora's Daughter, Wizard's Daughter, The Gravedigger's Daughter (by none other than Joyce Carol Oates), The Admiral's Daughter (Thomas Kydd, book 8), A Partisan's Daughter, and, and, wait, I have to go vomit...


message 6: by Sariah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Sariah | 6 comments There's also The Zookeeper's Wife, and Ahab's Wife. I know of no "husbands" and the closest things to son I've seen are: Son of a Witch, and the just released My Grandfather’s Son.

I think one of the reasons you won't see too many (or any) titles referring to "Somebody's Husband" is because men are not usually identified as belonging to someone. You might get titles like "the Good Husband" or just "the Husband" but I doubt we will see very many "The Professor's Husband," etc.


message 7: by Weinz (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

Weinz | 1 comments Not to forget the double whammy. "Joanna's Husband and David's Wife"


message 8: by Sarah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

Sarah (booradley175) | 1 comments "Cousin Bette"?


message 9: by Maria (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

Maria | 19 comments Sherri -

"Could all these recent 'daughter' books be intended as writing toward female empowerment, I wonder? "

Not so long as they're defined by the men they are related to.


message 10: by Rindis (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

Rindis | 18 comments Star Man's Son


message 11: by Monica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:57PM) (new)

Monica | 2 comments The Time Traveler's Wife (sorry if someone said that already)...


message 12: by Esther (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:16PM) (new)

Esther (eshchory) The Magician's Nephew

Not a lot with husbands though a quick search revealed 'How to kill your husband' which sounds useful.


message 13: by smetchie (new)

smetchie Melissa, I'm with you. This book was a real let-down.


message 14: by Chrystal714 (new)

Chrystal714 | 47 comments So I read it. I didn't find it as depressing as I was afraid it would be. However, I didn't really enjoy it either. I kept waiting for something to happen! Just tell them the truth already! Maybe I hated it because I have never been a person that could live with secrets.


message 15: by ScottK (new)

ScottK That was my thing exactly Chrystal, I mean really c'mon ...how are you going to live in the same house with these other two people who you can see are miserable and YET STILL hold this big secret from them .... a secret that maybe, just maybe, could have made everything and everyone in your family alot better off . Had that been me I could not have even spoken or looked at either of them knowing what I knew.


message 16: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra | 16 comments "The General's Daughter".


message 17: by Judy (last edited Jul 28, 2008 02:01PM) (new)

Judy (judy5cents) | 26 comments I just finished this book and I understand the premise, but I couldn't help thinking all the way through, if the doctor was intent on deceiving his wife in the name of sparing her, why did he tell her about their daughter's birth at all? She was unconscious when the second baby was born, when she woke up, he could have just said "Look at our beautiful son," and left it at that.

Other relative books:

The Kitchen God's Wife, The Agitator's Daughter, The Blacksmith's Daughter (just heard those last two mentioned on NPR as I wrote this comment, how weird is that?)


message 18: by Kristen (new)

Kristen (morefieldmom) | 3 comments Oh I hated this book. The author can't write! The story has potential, but the characters are flatter than cookie cutters. As I read I kept thinking, "wow, if this crap can get published, I should start writing."

I don't recommend it to anyone!

btw, I'm so glad someone pointed out this relationship in the title trend. It was so clever the first time, but has become terribly worn out.


message 19: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (norareign) I love Judy's train of thought as I had thought the same thing about half way through the book. Would have made for a much shorter and less agonizing short story.

I was reading it for book club (my suggestion unfortunately; though in my defense it was because 10 copies had been available at the last library sale and so I just bought them to hand out at book club). I swear I would have stopped reading it when Norah did her thing at the beach. I didn't really like or care about any of these thin characters. At one point, in between waiting for another disaster to occur, I found myself thinking that if they all died in a train wreck, would I really care all that much? I wouldn't have been as mad as I was when I read the end of 'Loving Frank', yet another loathed book, but I just couldn't care.


message 20: by Jodie (new)

Jodie (jodiemill) HATED IT, hated it, hated it....read it for a book club and it was pure torture the whole way through. But you know, the daughter really had the best life of them all when you think about it. Can anyone say "poetic justice?"


message 21: by Jodie (new)

Jodie (jodiemill) Oh, and The Killer's Wife, The Heretic's Daughter & there's a whole Amish series called Abram's Daughters.


message 22: by Beth Ann (new)

Beth Ann (bagrover) I don't think that I really hated this book, but I didn't think it was all that great. I found most of the characters pretty annoying an the story line not all that interesting.


message 23: by Chandani (new)

Chandani  (milkduds920) Oh i was just about to read this.


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