The First Man In My Life: Daughters Write About Their Fathers

Paperback | May 1, 2007

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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.

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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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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—fr...

SANDRA MARTIN, a senior feature writer with The Globe and Mail, has won the Atkinson and Canadian Journalism Fellowships and multiple National Magazine Awards. She was the co-editor of the annual Oberon Best Short Stories and Coming Attractions anthologies from 1984 through 1986 and is the co-author of three books, including Rupert Bro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.85 inPublished:May 1, 2007Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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"...the reader is rewarded with a rich trove of essays that are striking for their focus, frankness, and economy. In fact, the writing is so consistently good that it’s hard to single any of it out for special praise."—Quill & Quire starred review "...a tour de force. [Sandra Martin has] the best writers in the country; their energy and creativity pour out of this collection... It is a singular collection that deserves wide recognition and distribution."—Peter C. Newman "...revelatory moments from a diverse set of women, ranges from the tragic to the comic with strong contributions from Eden Robinson, Lisa Moore, Catherine Gildiner, Emily Urquhart, Christie Blatchford, Sarah Murdoch, Susan Swan, P.K. Page and Rachel Manley."—The Globe and Mail review "... impressively thoughtful and thought-provoking glimpses into the many different kinds of relationships shared between daughters and fathers... a gift."—Edmonton Journal "Powerful women. Powerful stories with resonance and illumination."—Women’s Post