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The Unavailable Father: Seven Ways Women Can Understand, Heal, and Cope with a Broken Father-Daughter Relationship Paperback – May 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470614145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470614143
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Problems between fathers and daughters can damage a young girl's identity, convince her she's unlovable or without worth, and send her into unhealthy adult relationships. This groundbreaking book includes in-depth stories and case histories of a broad spectrum of women over twenty-five who have recovered and flourished in their professional and personal lives despite the lack of a father's recognition and affection. The author outlines basic strategies to overcome the void left by an abusive, absent, alcoholic, mentally ill, irresponsible, selfish, or unloving father.

Praise for The Unavailable Father

"This important work should be read by fathers and future fathers, as well as their daughters. There is no member of the human family who would not learn something essential from reading The Unavailable Father."
Kati Marton, journalist, author, and former chairwoman of the International Women's Health Coalition

"Finally, a smart, accessible book that explains why so many women make the wrong decisions when it comes to men, relationships, career: the unavailable father."
Alexandra Penney, former editor-in-chief, Self magazine; author, The Baglady Papers

"These stories are eye-opening, informative, heart-rending—and yet, with her blueprints for how to heal, Sarah Simms Rosenthal gives us hope."
Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor and author of the Alex Cooper crime novels

"Many women will recognize their own fathers and will be reminded, as I was, that the shortcomings that defined their sense of self were their fathers' and not their own."
Mary A. Fischer, journalist and author of the memoir Stealing Love

About the Author

Sarah Simms Rosenthal, PhD, holds her degree in clinical social work from New York University and has a private practice in New York City. Contact her at www.theunavailablefather.com.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on June 2, 2010
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This book outlines the different ways our fathers can fail us but was very vague. I believe this book is aimed at younger readers in the early stages of seeking information regarding father failure and not necessarily for those of us who are older and more familiar with this problem and seeking in depth material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri B! on August 23, 2013
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Once you understood what your father's emotional unavailability was, it didn't really give you helpful tools to work through. I would have liked to see more of the effects of this unavailability on the daughter long term.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By suep on June 18, 2011
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This book is helpful and I certainly found a few "gems" that applied to me. Most of the stories relate to middle aged and older women, and some "stories" for younger women would be a welcome addition. The advice sections are quite general and helpful but not the "wow" I was expecting after reading about this book in my local newspaper.
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