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"Elegant prose ... sheds new mild at the father-daughter dynamic" -Boston magazinePraise for Fatherless WOMEN"If it may be stated a couple of booklet on loss, Fatherless girls is a excitement to learn. Clea Simon is a hot, sincere, clever, and reliable consultant, not just for grieving ladies yet for the lads who help them. Simon's insights approximately father-daughter relationships are profound."-Neil Chethik, writer of FatherLoss"Clea Simon deepens our figuring out of the advanced feelings daughters suppose approximately fathers, either in the course of existence and particularly after demise. This ebook can assist heal rifts and set caught energies free."-Beth Witrogen McLeod, writer of Caregiving: The non secular trip of affection, Loss, and Renewal"Unusually candid and sometimes provocative . . . Simon's publication is immensely thought-provoking a few subject that every one folks will face."-Pauline Boss, Ph.D., writer of Ambiguous Loss:Learning to stay with Unresolved GriefThere is a distinct bond among a father and a daughter, and while that bond is damaged by means of dying, a woman's existence can swap in profound and unforeseen methods. Clea Simon, significantly acclaimed writer of Mad apartment, explores this important assembly aspect of grief and progress by means of delving into her personal event and people of different ladies to color an illuminating portrait of the father-daughter dating and its lifelong ramifications. jam-packed with relocating tales of genuine ladies, this poignant, comforting, and insightful booklet paves the best way for all ladies to make peace with the previous, with the adults they've got turn into, and to courageously face the query: what occurs subsequent?

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Because she has acted as a strong daughter, as the goddess and Valkyrie she is, she is both beloved by her father and ultimately rejected by him. That she is banished from her father’s palace, made mortal, and “condemned” to love a mortal man perhaps illustrates the best resolution of such a situation, when the father assumes godlike proportions and the daughter has grown up strong. Perhaps for all of us with autocratic fathers, this Simon_2nd_pages 7/30/01 8:54 AM Page 32 32 F AT H E R L E S S W O M E N permanent farewell is necessary before we can leave the narcissistic family circle and become real adult—that is, mortal—women.

I can imagine the pride he’d have had in me and in the happy turns my life has taken. But the days and nights when I miss my father most are not these big-ticket events, which tend to buzz and flush with their own excitement and stand so far outside normal time as to defy any expected family context. I miss him more, I find, in the unexpected moments that remind me of how he was in day-to-day life. The discovery of a volume on maritime history at a used-book sale, for example, can make my throat close up momentarily as I recall how he’d settle in after dinner with just such a treasure.

Juxtaposing this memory with the perceived inadequacies of her own life she wonders, perhaps for the first time, how his narrow expectations played into both the love she “failed” to find, and her own preoccupation with her single status. Jacqui, who did fulfill her father’s traditional goals by marrying and raising two children before his death last year, now wonders how much his limited dreams for her constrained her own hopes for herself. Although she knows herself to be a bright and wellorganized woman, Jacqui has been having trouble refocusing her energies now that her children are nearly grown.

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