A Family Daughter
By Maile Meloy
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743277679, 325pp.)
Publication Date: February 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.