7 NOVELS FOR EVERY FATHER AND DAUGHTER
Ever since the birth of my daughter, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the father/daughter relationship in literature. Having my own girl is one of the main reasons why I included a strong father/daughter dynamic in my novel, The Wolves of Winter. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for stories surrounding fathers and daughters. Here’s a list of seven great novels with prevalent (not necessarily heart-warming) father/daughter relationships:
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
As a single father, Samuel Hawley has done his best to raise his daughter, Loo. But as his own violent past threatens to resurface, it’s more than his life on the line this time. Loo and Samuel are not characters I will soon forget. They’re tough, troubled, and their relationship is both strained and tender. A page-turning thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a fascinating look at violence, crime, and the things we’d do to protect the ones we love.
My Absolute Darling
If you’re looking for a cozy father/daughter story, you can look away now. This father/daughter relationship is rife with abuse, neglect, and violence. But it’s completely riveting. The protagonist, a young girl named Turtle, is excellently drawn, and the story is as tense as they come. Beautifully written, this novel is at once hard to read and impossible to put down
Under a Pole Star
Normally, I’d refuse to say something like this, but, Under a Pole Star really is a beautiful love story. However, beneath the romance, this is a novel about a girl who idolizes her father. A girl who began exploring the polar region because her sense of adventure was handed down to her by her dad, who raised her on a whaling ship. This novel is filled with violence, gorgeous settings, a believable love story, and a daughter whose relationship with her father changed the trajectory of her life.
Good Morning Midnight
Two stories intertwine as an aging astronomer survives in an apocalyptic Arctic and an astronaut seeks a way home after airwaves have gone silent. The astronomer, Augustine, finds a young girl out in the tundra and takes her in. Haunted by the memories of his past, Augustine and the young girl form a strong father/daughter bond. Good Morning Midnight is a fascinating story both for its unique landscapes and its introspective look at love and loss.
News of the world
An aging Civil War veteran named Captain Kidd travels across northern Texas, reading the newspaper for paying audiences. On his travels, he encounters a young girl named Johanna, who was captured and raised by a tribe of Kiowa raiders. After agreeing to escort the girl back to her original family, Kidd and Johanna develop a close father/daughter relationship that complicates his decision to leave her with a family she doesn’t love, in a life she doesn’t want. A simple, yet excellently told novel with characters to root for and remember.
The Wolf Road
Here’s another father/daughter relationship you wouldn’t exactly want in your family. After apocalyptic events, Elka is found and raised in the wilderness by a hunter named Trapper. When Elka learns that Trapper is a cold-hearted murderer, she escapes, hoping to find her real parents—but Trapper is soon on her tail. With an adopted father/daughter relationship of the worst kind, this novel is enthralling. The Wolf Road asks questions about who we are and who we become when the ones we thought we loved turn out to be the villains.
All the Light we Cannot See
Finally, All the Light we Cannot See is the story of a young blind girl and a German boy whose lives are both drastically altered by the travesties of war. In this novel, the father/daughter relationship between the blind girl, Marie-Laure, and her father, Daniel, is something to be utterly savored. Daniel takes painstaking care of his daughter, building her a wooden model of their neighborhood in Paris so that she can learn to navigate the streets through touch. Among others, it is this wonderful relationship that drives the narrative forward, showing how the bonds of love are strengthened in times of great sorrow.
There is some great suggestions here form Tyrell Johnson. I myself have an amazing relationship with my father so I always love to read about father/daughter relationships because of it.
One of the things I loved in Tyrell’s The Wolves of Winter was the love Lynn had for her father, and vice versa.
You can check my review of The Wolves of Winter here.
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