The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write about Their Fathers
Penguin Canada, 2007 - Fathers and daughters - 254 pages
For many women, fathers are a mystery that puzzles and haunts us. They are "the other," neither lover nor son, defined more often by silence than words, by emotional absence than physical presence--until now.
In twenty-two original narratives, some of Canada's most acclaimed writers share stories, memories, insights, and revelations--from the comic to the tragic, and every shading in between--about the first man in their lives. Complex, compelling, unforgettable, these stories will open a fresh and intense conversation with daughters everywhere about the men they've observed since childhood: their fathers.
Katherine Ashenburg, Anita Rau Badami, Christie Blatchford, Mary Anne Brinckman, Nancy Dorrance, Jane Finlay-Young, Camilla Gibb, Catherine Gildiner, Rebecca Godfrey, Rachel Manley, Sandra Martin, Lisa Moore, Sarah Murdoch, Marina Nemat, P.K. Page, Emma Richler, Eden Robinson, Rebecca Snow, Tina Srebotnjak, Susan Swan, Emily Urquhart, and Pamela Wallin
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