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Godwin brings empathy, understanding and a 19th-century sensibility to this novel of a young woman deeply attached to her father, a moody Episcopalian minister whose wife has abandoned him. This BOMC main selection received a PW boxed review.
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"Ambitious, wise...unforgettable...an engrossingly good read...a novel that explores timeless concerns of faith, love, and morality." -- -- Atlanta Journal and Constitution
"Brilliant...an elegant, intelligent, and necessary novel--the best book yet from Gail Godwin." -- -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Haunting...superb...the novel dazzles." -- -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Remarkable...I don't know more than a few contemporary novels as full of grace as Gail Godwin's Father Melancholy's Daughter." -- -- USA Today --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Having read all of Gail Godwin's novels, I would rank this and Evensong as her best effort in capturing the essence of a half dozen characters - characters we come to care about... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by "nrmcdowell"
Together with its sequeal, Evensong, this was one of my favorite reads. It had a depth and realism rarely found in fiction with a religious theme. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by Lena
This book made me feel like Gail Godwin had somehow been watching me--and many of the people I know and love best--all my life. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Patty Bradley
This book took a while to get into and it was not in an organized manner. It did not evoke suspense because it gave away the entire story at the beginning of the book. Read morePublished on April 25 2001
I loved this book. I read it as a library book, but now will buy it! As I said in the title, she manages to cover it all, all the questions/quests of life, and does so in an... Read morePublished on April 10 2000
Who is giving this book 4 1/2 stars? This book was PAINFUL! First of all, it is WAY too long for the amount (or lack) of a storyline it contains. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 1999
I first read FMD ten years ago when I was a young mother. I found it hard to read then, with the abandonment of a child so intimately described, but was glad I pressed through to... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 1999
This story may sound melancholy at first, but there is much more to this story than the tragedy of a girl who loses her mother in childhood. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 1999