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Father Melancholy's Daughter is widely recognized as one of the author's most poignant and accomplished novels a bittersweet and. I picked this book up after reading 50 pages of several novels Initially I was drawn to its slow pace and the writer s precision but I never developed a connection to the characters or the story Many reader s compare the author to Anne Tyler and I agree If you love Tyler you may love this too For me it was a little too plain

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Father Melancholy's Daughter

Ultimately transcendent story of a young girl's devotion to her father the rector of a small Virginia church and of the hope dr. This book was either going to be a masterpiece or a disaster There are several dramatic moments that happen during the course of this novel but Godwin doesn t actually let us see any of them Instead she does that thing that Kazuo Ishiguro does so well letting us figure out what has happened through the stream of consciousness of a narrator who can never actually let her mind settle on the emotionally charged moments of her life For instance we are told on the first page that the story begins on the last day Margaret will ever see her mother This seuence goes on for 50 pages every single moment of the day being rendered in exuisite detail But do we ever see the moment when she actually learns her mother is gone No instead the camera switches to a different scene from a different moment in Margaret s life This might sound tiresome and it could easily be if Godwin was a less capable writer but somehow she makes it work I enjoyed watching her perform this magic and waiting to see if she could keep all the plates spinning in the air I think she did

Gail Godwin ☆ 6 Review

Eams Father Melancholy's Epuband love that sustain them both in the wake of the betrayal and tragedy that diminished their famil. When have I last read a book that touched my heart on so many levels Margaret Gower is deprived of her mother at the tender age of six when Ruth Gower leaves Romulus Va for a life with her good friend Madelyn Being the Rector s Wife this decampment caused tongues to wag Margaret is left to be raised by her father Walter Walter tries to put a good face on this separation sure that Ruth will return when she has had a chance to live for a while out of the fishbowl of parish life When Ruth is killed in an accident a year after she has left her family Walter and Margaret must fashion a new life for themselves Walter never allows Margaret to be bitter over her mother s abandonment so Margaret transfers her anger to her mother s friend Madelyn As Margaret grows up she begins to see things in a new light and allows herself to move past the conflicts of her life Beautifully written and tenderly true this book will be one I think on for days to come


10 thoughts on “Father Melancholy's Daughter

  1. says:

    After several days of ponderation I'm bumpin' this up to 5 stars There were just so many things I loved about it in spite of the two

  2. says:

    I picked this book up after reading 50 pages of several novels Initially I was drawn to its slow pace and the writer's precision but I never developed a connection to the characters or the story Many reader's compare the author to Anne Tyler and I agree If you love Tyler you may love this too For me it was a lit

  3. says:

    Utterly taken by surprise I felt his fingers firmly on my elbow as he led me away That was the way it went wasn't it? You

  4. says:

    Reading this book was so strange for me I kept thinking it was set in England because all of the books I've ever read with priest or vicars or what have you Christian guys were English It was jarring every single time someone said something that made me remember we were in the States I like the characters well enough it's just tha

  5. says:

    This was a great book I really want to pass it on to any who love a great novel that has “” It will be especially loved by Episcopalians or Catholics who understand liturgyand although Margaret ‘story is not a preachy one in anyway the backdrop is the small community in Virginia where her dad is rector It takes her life from

  6. says:

    This book was either going to be a masterpiece or a disaster There are several dramatic moments that happen during the course of this novel but Godwin doesn’t actually let us see any of them Instead she does that thing that Kazuo Ishiguro does so well letting us figure out what has happened through the stream of consciousness of a narrato

  7. says:

    Arguably a candidate for one of the finest contemporary literary novels currently in print Fascinating from the first sentence to th

  8. says:

    When have I last read a book that touched my heart on so many levels? Margaret Gower is deprived of her mother at the tender age of six when Ruth Gower leaves Romulus Va for a life with her good friend Madelyn Being the Rector's Wife this decam

  9. says:

    I usually don’t write reviews of books except in letters to close friends But I became so connected to this book especially to Walter Gower that I wanted to say a few things on this site Every day when I picked up the book I felt as though I had entered meditation and dharma talk time with my sangha of community Often I whispered “yes”

  10. says:

    One of my all time favorites The dust jacket barely mentions the book's secondary religious theme it was primarily about a young woman coming to terms with her identity in relationship to her parents But the book is very rich theologically with a fairly traditional theological outlook embedded in a novel of unuestioned credentials as high uality contemporary fiction The human relationships too between the fath