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What My Father Gave Me

Daughters Speak

edited by Melanie Little

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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 recalls the parade of men in her mother's life until a man named Al unexpectedly becomes the father she never had. Another father's abandonment leads his teen daughter to enter a string of doomed relationships with older men, fuelled by her "pilot light of pure hatred." Another reveals the harrowing secret she guarded as a teen: the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

One girl watches as the father she loves and respects struggles on the picket lines during a lockout at work and through an ensuing depression. Another daughter charts her own reckless behavior against that of her father's, in search of a way to break the cycle.

Gutsy and honest, these true stories invite readers behind secret doors as they celebrate the power of words to connect to the teen experience.

 

About the Author

Melanie Little, a former figure skater, has lived in Timmins, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, and currently resides in Ottawa. She has worked as a tour guide, teacher, museum guard, bartender, dance instructor, stage manager, concierge, and a tulip promoter. Her stories have been published in Scribner's Best of Fiction Workshops (1998) and Outskirts: Women Writing from Small Places (2002).

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Melanie Little is the author of the acclaimed young-adult novel The Apprentice's Masterpiece. She lives in Nova Scotia.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
14 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

Written by seven female writers...each account is deeply felt and readers will undoubtedly relate to one or more of their stories. Poignant...and well written.

— Foreword Reviews

Little has done a beautiful job assembling a collection that is uniformly heart-wrenching and well-written.

— Quill and Quire

In her introduction to this follow-up to Certain Things about My Mother: Daughters Speak, editor Little explains, "I hope that, for some of you, these essays will be a door--perhaps a door to a better understanding of your father, but more importantly to a better understanding of, and appreciation for yourself. The seven essays that follow are short, personal, and painfully revealing. Now adults, the authors describe their teen relationships with their fathers, who for the most part struggled with their own demons, including alcoholism, depression, and gambling addiction. They are men who abandoned their children or sexually abused them, and the impact on their daughters is clearly long lasting... This is a powerful exploration of the tremendous sway fathers have in their daughters' lives. In her introduction to this follow-up of Certain Things about My Mother: Daughters Speak (2003), editor Little explains, "I hope that, for some of you, these essays will...be a door--perhaps a door to a better understanding of your father, but more importantly, to a better understanding of, and appreciation for, yourself." ... Readers looking for an encouraging message won't find it here, though they will discover a wide range of experiences and an overall message of resilience and love through difficult times. This is a powerful exploration of the tremendous sway fathers have in their daughters' lives.

— Booklist

It is a joy and an honour to read their stories. Strongly written, and compelling, they will...help teen readers...come to better understand their own feelings. Highly recommended.

— CM Magazine

Powerfully written, there is bound to be at least one story in this collection that will break your heart, bring you to tears, or inspire you to make changes

— What If? Magazine

In these seven stories, daughters recount sometimes challenging, sometimes disappointing and sometimes poignant relationships with their fathers. These tales are gritty, candid and very personal and I think that every daughter would benefit from hearing how greatly the power of other fathers wield and maybe even look deeper into their own relationship.... I was in awe of the unbelievably honest accounts these writers gave of their own teenage experiences and familial ties... [This is] a perfect book for any library or student counsellor's office and a perfect read for any teen who may be interested in exploring the sometimes volatile and always pivotal life with the first man they will ever love.

— Word of Mouse Book Reviews

Little has done a beautiful job assembling a collection that is uniformly heart-wrenching and well-written.

— Quill and Quire

In this collection of first person essays seven women discuss their adolescent relationships with their fathers and how they affected their adult lives... [The] essays are intensely personal and honest and the writers do not shy away from discussing some very painful subjects. Teens will appreciate this honesty and openness, making this anthology a good choice for YA collections.

— School Library Journal

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What My Father Gave Me

This anthology brings together essays by seven outstanding female authors who have written deeply personal accounts of the relationship they had with their fathers during their teen years. They discuss how alcoholism, abandonment, death, sexual abuse, stepfathers and disappointment have affected their lives and how these struggles eventually led to a better understanding of themselves.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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