A Family Daughter (Paperback)

By Maile Meloy

Scribner Book Company, 9780743277679, 325pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 2007



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.

Praise For A Family Daughter

"[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