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.
About the Author
Maile Meloy is the author of the story collection Half in Love and the novel Liars and Saints, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize. Meloy's stories have been published in The New Yorker, and she has received The Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in California.
"Fast-moving and compelling...ambitious and playful and clever." -- The Washington Post
"The Santerre family...includes so many appealing personalities, with all the dreams, hopes, and foibles of people we have loved at one time or another." -- Los Angeles Times
"Wise and astonishing." -- The New Yorker
"A big book as well as a swift, slender, graceful one." -- The New York Times
"A seductive, absorbing read." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer