What Is Left the Daughter

By Howard Norman
(Center Point, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781602858978, 318pp.)

Publication Date: November 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.


Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2010 Indie Next List
“In a letter to his daughter on her 21st birthday, Wyatt Hillyer tells his intense life story, along with that of his parents, in elegant prose belying astonishing events. After his parents' almost simultaneous suicides as the result of a love triangle, the teenaged Wyatt falls hard for his lovely cousin Tilda, while she only has eyes for the mysterious German student Hans. In a tiny Nova Scotia village during WWII, suspicion and violence play out along with the passions of this intimate circle of rich, distinct characters you will not forget.”
-- Carla Jimenez, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is orphaned when his parents jump off two different bridges within hours of each other -- the result of their separate involvements with the same neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. Wyatt is forced to move to a small town to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda. A chain of life-altering passions and the wartime perfidy at its core is set in motion by the arrival of the German student Hans Mohring. Actual historical incidents lend intense narrative power to Norman's uncannily layered story.

Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com


  1. What Is Left the Daughter begins with a love triangle.  How many other triangular relationships appear in the book?  Why, do you think?

Indie Bookstore Finder

Update Profile