A Family Daughter (Paperback)
One of the most insightful novels about families to appear in recent years, A Family Daughter revisits the Santerre clan from Maile Meloy's highly acclaimed debut novel Liars and Saints. It opens in 1979, when seven-year-old Abby, the youngest member of the close-knit family, is trapped indoors with chicken pox during a heat wave. The events set in motion that summer span decades and continents -- irrevocably changing the lives of the Santerres and those around them.
"[Meloy] may be the first great American realist of the twenty-first century....The Santerres aren't real but they feel like they are, and the reader will not soon forget them."
-- The Boston Globe
"Meloy's Santerres may just be the most fascinating, engrossing American family since the Louds."
-- Los Angeles Times
"Upends popular notions of American fiction...A spectacular first novel."
-- The New York Times Book Review