My Father, Dancing by Bliss Broyard

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Eight stories about relationships between men and women--but especially between fathers and daughters--in a beautiful debut from Bliss Broyard.

The fathers in Broyard's collection are charismatic, seductive, often brilliant men who are large in the world and even larger in the home, irresistible but also harmful, beautiful but not benign. Their daughters veer wildly between naive longing--for attention, for connection, for assurance--and cool indifference. They learn to reflect their fathers' light, often at the expense of their own.

In spare, unsentimental prose, Broyard captures the passages of daughters, both as young girls and as grown women: the early lessons girls absorb through their fathers--their first male audience--and the secrets girls keep as they test their own desires; the dislocation of discovering, and identifying with, a parent's infidelity; the struggle to escape from familial roles and the unyielding impulse to re-create them. From the perplexity of first kisses and first love to the fierce, joyless abandon of casual sex; from the equivocal attachments of marriages and families to the pure and inconsolable grief of love and mourning so poignantly depicted in the collection's title story, the stories in My Father, Dancing chronicle the never-ending dance between fathers and their daughters, and the many awakenings of girls and women.
 

About Bliss Broyard

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Bliss Broyard's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 1998, The Pushcart Anthology, and Grand Street. She lives in New York.
 
Published August 1, 1999 by Knopf. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lucy Baldwin, engaged to be married, invites her father for a visit to the lake cabin that she keeps up partly because he once loved it dearly—as he still does, though his second wife (—At the Bottom of the Lake—) is a citified snob and shrew who dislikes it and ruins the visit for everyone...

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Lucy Baldwin, engaged to be married, invites her father for a visit to the lake cabin that she keeps up partly because he once loved it dearly—as he still does, though his second wife (—At the Bottom of the Lake—) is a citified snob and shrew who dislikes it and ruins the visit for everyone—thoug...

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In the first and title story, Kate begins memorializing her dying father by recalling how they danced together in years gone by --- first as a girl, and later on as a young woman when her father sneaks her into bars so that they can dance to live music.

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Austin Chronicle

Anyone who knows the legacy of Bliss Broyard's late father, Anatole Broyard, author and longtime critic for The New York Times Book Review, will be hard pressed not to read this debut collection of short stories as a memoir.

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