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Our Father Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (May 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345384903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345384904
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,622,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Four half-sisters, each the offspring of a different mother, gather at their father's palatial Massachusetts home and at the hospital where he lies dying of a stroke. Multimillionaire Stephen Cabot Upton is a famous elder statesman, advisor to presidents and eminence grise. To his children, however, he has been a remote, terrifying figure, withholding love from each of them and deliberately keeping them apart. Indeed, the youngest, the illegitimate daughter of his chicana housekeeper, has never been acknowledged by her father. In the course of this overlong novel, the sisters first express jealous rage and bitter resentment toward each other, then slowly move to acceptance, sisterly solidarity and love, as each experiences an epiphany about her past and future life. Meanwhile, it comes to light that their father raped and molested each of them during their childhood. As usual, French ( Her Mother's Daughter ) uses plot to explore the condition of women, to deplore their dependency on men and to illustrate the strengths of female bonding. Though the novel's beginning is intriguing, the sisters' emotional and psychological awakenings are too minutely detailed; their endless ruminations, revelations and insights eventually verge on bathos. After a melodramatic, ludicrous scene in which they confront their mute but conscious father and "try" him for his crimes of incest, the tension seeps out like air from a leaky balloon.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The woman who gave us best sellers like Her Mother's Daughter ( LJ 10/15/87) here considers a father's influence, though the father at the center of this novel doesn't have much to say: rich, powerful Stephen Upton has been felled by a stroke. His four daughters--each born to a different mother--gather at the family mansion to confront the crisis.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Allen on February 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In keeping with the tradition of her other novels, Marilyn French proves excellent in OUR FATHER. She presents an earnest look into the effects of childhood abuse in later life. This book scans the lives of four very different half-sisters who are each the victim of sexual abuse and it shows how each of the women copes with her past in her own unique way. OUR FATHER gives us a peak into the world of the powerful and the powerless, and sends us a chilling reminder that evil does exist. The most positive part of this book is that the victims get a chance to confront the abuser. The results of that encounter give us hope. Rape, incest and abuse are never pretty subjects; yet Ms. French writes about them with frankness and great understanding.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1998
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Formulaic, tedious and stereotyping. The subject was compelling and intense, but the way the story was written detracted heavily from what could have been a powerful novel. The characters were incredibly one dimensional and stereotypical. Their behavior time and again came as absolutely no surprise. Very disappointing, especially since the Women's Room, and Her Mother's Daughter were both such powerful and compelling books!
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