Father Melancholy's Daughter by Gail Godwin

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A story of a father/daughter relationship set in a present day small town in Southern America. The author also wrote "Mothers and Daughters" and "A Southern Family".

About Gail Godwin

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Gail Godwin was born on June 18, 1937, in Birmingham, Ala. and graduated from the University of North Carolina and University of Iowa. Godwin writes about strong women, a perspective she gathered from her own life. After her father abandoned her at an early age, she was raised by her mother and grandmother. Her father eventually returned on the day of her high school graduation and she lived with him for a brief period before he ultimately shot and killed himself. Godwin worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald, and later as a travel consultant before achieving her fame as a writer. Godwin's novels are about contemporary women, frequently Southern, who search for meaning in their lives. In Glass People, the heroine is a beautiful woman who learns that her husband is merely obsessed with her beauty and unconcerned about her as a person. Other popular titles include The Odd Woman and The Good Husband. Godwin has been the recipient of several honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters.
Published February 1, 1991 by William Morrow & Co. 404 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Throughout years of adoring, respecting and being there for a truly good, witty man and fine priest, Margaret matures, share's Waiter's scholarly interests, weathers the endearing-to-exasperating incursions of church pillars, rejects one love, yearns for another's, while all this time the beloved...

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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.

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Spirituality & Practice

Then, during Easter week of Margaret's senior year in college, Father Gower finds his traditional ministry under attack — literally — from the pressures of the town's development.

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