A Family Daughter by Maile Meloy
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From the award-winning author of Half in Love and Liars and Saints, a riveting story of love, sex, secrets, guilt, and forgiveness.

Maile Meloy's debut novel, Liars and Saints, captured the hearts of readers and critics alike. Now Meloy returns with a novel even more dazzling and unexpected than her first. Brilliantly entertaining, A Family Daughter might also be the most insightful novel about families and love that you will read this year.

It's 1979, and seven-year-old Abby, the youngest member of the close-knit Santerre family, is trapped indoors with the chicken pox during a heat wave. The events set in motion that summer will span decades and continents, change the Santerres forever, and surprise and amaze anyone who loved Meloy's Liars and Saints.

A rich, full novel about passion and desire, fear and betrayal, A Family Daughter illuminates both the joys and complications of contemporary life, and the relationship between truth and fiction. For everyone who has yet to meet the Santerres, an unmatched pleasure awaits.
 

About Maile Meloy

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Maile Meloy (www.theapothecarybook.com) is the award-winning author of several short story collections for adults: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Half in Love, as well as the novels for adults: Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter. The Apothecary was her first middle-grade novel. 
 
Published February 14, 2006 by Scribner. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Abby is barely seven, her self-centered, irresponsible mother Clarissa leaves Abby and Abby’s loving father Henry.

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Maile Meloy's second novel, "A Family Daughter," is like the old storybook steam train — pulling, in this case, so much of the baggage of American family life (faith, aging, deceit, heartbreak, sexual disorientation, incest) that you wonder how on earth she's going to get the thing over the mount...

Feb 19 2006 | Read Full Review of A Family Daughter: A Novel

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Maile Meloy's first novel appears in her second novel as a book written by one of her characters.

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A Family Daughter, by Maile Meloy (325pp, John Murray, £12.99) A Family Daughter is a curious sort of sequel to Liars and Saints, Maile Meloy's Orange Prize-shortlisted debut.

Apr 01 2006 | Read Full Review of A Family Daughter: A Novel

Book Reporter

In real life, family members are galvanized to surprising actions by memories triggered by Abby's book.

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Entertainment Weekly

In her lovely and rhapsodically received 2003 debut novel, Liars and Saints, Maile Meloy offered a sparkling contemporary revamp of that ponderous literary relic: the multigenerational family saga.

Feb 15 2006 | Read Full Review of A Family Daughter: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Readers who first became acquainted with the Santerre family in Liars and Saints (2003) may be surprised to find granddaughter Abby not only alive and well but at the center of A Family Daughter.

Aug 28 2007 | Read Full Review of A Family Daughter: A Novel

Los Angeles Review of Books

Last year, sister and brother both ventured into new skies, albeit the same one: Maile Meloy's The Apothecary was published by G.P.

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