A Family Daughter
By Maile Meloy
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780743277679, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 20, 2007
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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.
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.
"[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