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This is My Daughter

A Novel

Roxana Robinson


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When Peter and Emma, both refugees from failed first marriages, decide to create a new life together, they do so with an optimistic commitment to creating a union -- and forging a new family from two existing ones -- bonded by love and trust. Their young daughters, however, are not partners in this new venture, but helpless participants. Like all children of divorce, the girls feel sorrow, loss, and a longing for their earlier lives. As the tensions and complexities grow steadily more powerful, This Is My Daughter moves inexorably to a stunning and emotional climax. Roxana Robinson, who has established a reputation as a perceptive chronicler of WASP family life, delivers a beautifully moving and compassionate account of a marriage in peril, proving once more that class and privilege provide no protection from the passion of opposing desires.

Praise For This is My Daughter: A Novel

Susan Goodman The Washington Post Book World Robinson's strength as a novelist rests in her ability to create the texture of life....This Is My Daughter shows us that it is -- as Robinson writes -- brave to be independent and braver still to engage.

Vanessa V. Friedman Entertainment Weekly A portrait of parenthood, with all its wild loves and anguished fears...compulsively readable.

Diana Postlethwaite The New York Times Book Review Often compared to John Cheerer...but Robinson's latest novel made me think of an earlier literary forebear, Henry James.

Carol Ratelle Leach Minneapolis Star Tribune Nearly perfect prose...there isn't an awkward phrase or false note in the entire work, Robinson depicts this family's struggle to survive with unerring intelligence and grace.

Susie Linfield Los Angeles Times With almost perfect pitch, Robinson captures the clash of worldviews between adults and young children.

Adam Begley People Magazine Robinson writes with slow-motion precision. She registers every last gesture and nuance and gets it all right.

Francine Prose Newsday Robinson's impressive new novel grows on slowly you discover how truly ambitious and tough its intentions are.

Bath Brophy USA Today Compelling...after reading this exceptional novel, it may be hard to think about remarriage without this book coming to mind.

Colleen Kelly Warren St. Louis Post-Dispatch A clear-eyed, poignant story of a family in crisis.

Linnea Lannon San Jose Mercury News Glitters not with rich trappings, but rich with understanding of its people.

Touchstone, 9780684864365, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 1999

About the Author

Roxana Barry Robinson is the author of the novel Summer Light, the biography Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, and the short-story collections A Glimpse of Scarlet and Asking for Love. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The New Yorker, and Vogue, as well as in Best American Short Stories, and has been read on National Public Radio. Three of her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Westchester County and New York City.