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SUMMARY Father Melancholy's Daughter

Father Melancholy's Daughter is widely recognized as one of the author's most poignant and accomplished novels a bitters. After several days of ponderation I m bumpin this up to 5 stars There were just so many things I loved about it in spite of the two things that almost made me give up on it I find myself already looking forward to re reading it down the road just to savor the best parts I am not the slightest bit religious I m a unbeliever in the truest sense of the word So I think it says a lot for this novel that I loved it even though it s full of religious references There s no preachiness to it The religious stuff is there because Father Melancholy is an Episcopal priest and it s just part of the story Instead of giving up on the book I gave myself permission to scan or skip read the heavily religious parts and the parts where Margaret broods about her mother She s a little obsessive After that I thoroughly LOVED the story for the characters and the messages and the fin

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Weet and ultimately transcendent story of a young girl's devotion to her father the rector of a small Virginia church an. Reading this book was so strange for me I kept thinking it was set in England because all of the books I ve ever read with priest or vicars or what have you Christian guys were English It was jarring every single time someone said something that made me remember we were in the States I like the characters well enough it s just that nearly all of their experiences were completely outside of my own that I couldn t uite find common ground I m fairly certain that I d have liked this better if I had a Christian backgroundModernrealistic fiction isn t at all my thing and I m pleasantly surprised that I liked this as well as I did Parts of it reminded me of Madeleine L Engle at her most spiritual

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D of the hope dreams and love that sustain them both in the wake of the betrayal and tragedy that diminished their famil. When have I last read a book that touched my heart on so many levels Margaret Gower is deprived of her mother at the tender age of six when Ruth Gower leaves Romulus Va for a life with her good friend Madelyn Being the Rector s Wife this decampment caused tongues to wag Margaret is left to be raised by her father Walter Walter tries to put a good face on this separation sure that Ruth will return when she has had a chance to live for a while out of the fishbowl of parish life When Ruth is killed in an accident a year after she has left her family Walter and Margaret must fashion a new life for themselves Walter never allows Margaret to be bitter over her mother s abandonment so Margaret transfers her anger to her mother s friend Madelyn As Margaret grows up she begins to see things in a new light and allows herself to move past the conflicts of her life Beau


10 thoughts on “Father Melancholy's Daughter

  1. says:

    After several days of ponderation I'm bumpin' this up to 5 stars There were just so many things I loved about it in spite of the two things that almost made me give up on it I find myself already looking forward to re reading it down the road just to savor the best parts I am not the slightest bit religious I'm a unbeliever in the truest sense of the word So I think it says a lot for this novel that I loved i

  2. says:

    I picked this book up after reading 50 pages of several novels Initially I was drawn to its slow pace and the writer's preci

  3. says:

    Utterly taken by surprise I felt his fingers firmly on my elbow as he led me away That was the way it went wasn't it? You had to stop wanting something or at least forget you wanted it for a minute before it would come to you on its own Father Melancholy's Daughter is about an Episcopal priest's daughter growing up in Virginia in the 1970s

  4. says:

    Reading this book was so strange for me I kept thinking it was set in England because all of the books I've ever read with priest or vicars or what have you Christian guys were English It was jarring every single

  5. says:

    This was a great book I really want to pass it on to any who love a great novel that has “” It will be especially loved by Episcopalians or Catholics who understand liturgyand although Margaret ‘story is not a preachy

  6. says:

    This book was either going to be a masterpiece or a disaster There are several dramatic moments that happen during the course of this novel but Godwin doesn’t actually let us see any of them Instead she does that thing that Kazuo Ishiguro doe

  7. says:

    Arguably a candidate for one of the finest contemporary literary novels currently in print Fascinating from the first sentence to the last it has everything you could want in a piece of fiction finely nuanced and memorable characters subtle and skillful plotting splendid word craftsmanship a keen sense of the importance of details a writing s

  8. says:

    When have I last read a book that touched my heart on so many levels? Margaret Gower is deprived of her mother at the tender age of six when Ruth Gower leaves Romulus Va for a life with her good friend Madelyn Being the Re

  9. says:

    I usually don’t write reviews of books except in letters to close friends But I became so connected to this book especially to Walter Gower that I wanted to say a few things on this site Every day when I picked up the book I felt as though I had entered meditation and dharma talk time with my sangha of community Often I whispered

  10. says:

    One of my all time favorites The dust jacket barely mentions the book's secondary religious theme it was primarily about a young woman coming to terms with her identity in relationship to her parents But the book is very rich theologically with a fairly traditional theological outlook embedded in a novel of unu

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