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Fatherless Daughters: Turning the Pain of Loss into the Power of Forgiveness Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 18, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Book editor Thomas was ten years old when her father died, and she's struggled to make sense of that loss for more than 50 years. Weaving theory and testimony into a diagnostic text with a general prescription for healing, Thomas examines women coping with the loss of a father, through death or divorce. In four sections-"Fathering," "Shock," "Aftershock," and "Coming to Terms"-Thomas confronts the idealization of the father, resentment toward his loss, the reaction of family members and potential impact on future relationships, among other angles. Aside from her own story and the work of psychologists, analysts and social scientists, Thomas's primary research material comes from interviews she conducted with more than100 grown women. Unfortunately, the similarities among Thomas's subjects (affluent and middle-class women of a similar age) and the insularity of her sources limit readers' exposure to the true spectrum of loss. Relying on familiar narratives of pain and recovery, Thomas may offer some comfort and counsel, but fails to capture the issue's full dimensions.
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About the Author
Pamela Thomas has been a writer and book editor for many years and is currently a children’s book editor at Sesame Workshop. She lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Ms. Thomas' research is certainly impressive -- the 100 fatherless daughters interviewed, plus more than 100 books and articles she cites in her bibliography. Yet the narrative never seems "bookish" or stilted; instead, it takes your hand and carries you along on a journey into the lives and experiences of more than 100 interesting women -- including the author herself.
We all bear the marks of both bad and good fortune in adult life, and one of the most enduring challenges we face is to be honest enough about how these have shaped us so that we are self-aware, and can feel emotionally generous toward ourselves and others. I recommend this book with enthusiasm to everyone who either knows a woman who lost a parent during childhood and wants to know her better, or who simply feels that understanding others more fully is one of the best ways to expand one's own inner self.