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By Emma Cline
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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of The Girls comes a “brilliant” (The New York Times) story collection exploring the dark corners of human experience.

Daddy’s ten masterful, provocative stories confirm that Cline is a staggering talent.”—Esquire 


An absentee father collects his son from boarding school after a shocking act of violence. A nanny to a celebrity family hides out in Laurel Canyon in the aftermath of a tabloid scandal. A young woman sells her underwear to strangers. A notorious guest arrives at a placid, not-quite rehab in the Southwest.

In ten remarkable stories, Emma Cline portrays moments when the ordinary is disturbed, when daily life buckles, revealing the perversity and violence pulsing under the surface. She explores characters navigating the edge, the limits of themselves and those around them: power dynamics in families, in relationships, the distance between their true and false selves. They want connection, but what they provoke is often closer to self-sabotage. What are the costs of one’s choices? Of the moments when we act, or fail to act? These complexities are at the heart of Daddy, Emma Cline’s sharp-eyed illumination of the contrary impulses that animate our inner lives.

41 Reviews

“The writing was decent, and so many of the characters felt real, but each plot felt unfair in a way that didn’t lend itself to effective storytelling.”
“I didn't really enjoy The Girls, but maybe short stories is her strong suit. Very good, well-written, and engaging stories that make the reader feel very uncomfy at certain points. Pick this up if you like Cline, or short stories. Favs: Marion, A/S/L, Los Angeles, Northeast Regional, What Can You Do With a General, The Nanny”
“so boring. i dont even know what to say. literally all of the male characters were the exact same person: some boring, old, rich white guy with a drug addiction and a dysfunctional relationship with either his children or his wife. i liked one short story: marion. similar vibes as "the girls", which i enjoyed a lot! i think thats why im extra disappointed in this one. would definitely not recommend, waste of time”
“This book was extremely engaging. I read her first novel “Girls” and found it to be well written, even vivid. But I wasn’t sure if I found it so vivid because of her writing or because it was essentially a retelling of the Manson family. “Daddy”, confirmed that Cline is an engaging story teller without the help of a cult classic storyline. I’ve seen a lot of criticism for this book. Criticism I’m admittedly unwilling to take in. I don’t want to ruin it for myself.”

About Emma Cline

Emma Cline is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls and the story collection Daddy. The Girls was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Cline’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review and The Best American Short Stories anthologies. She received an O’Henry Award and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

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