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Daddy

By Emma Cline
Daddy by Emma Cline digital book - Fable

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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

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


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.

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“This is a difficult one to rate so I've given it 3 stars to be kind. It wasn't for me. Generally, I don't like short stories but did really enjoy Secret Lives of Church Ladies and The Office of Historical Corrections. They were complete stories with complete plots. The stories in Daddy are more like vignettes and while I can appreciate them for what they are and can definitely recognise Cline's talent and story telling ability, this collection just wasn't for me. I wanted more of a message/ a punch/ a plot/ just... something? I'm trying to acknowledge that this is just my personal preference otherwise I'd probably rate this as a 1 because I honestly just really struggled through this and what stories I did actually like, I was disappointed to get to the end and not have the story explored more. It took me a really long time to read this, I eventually had to break it up by reading one story between other books I read just to be able to tolerate it and I did not need to do that with the short story collections mentioned above. Readers who like a climax and ending to a plotline in their books will definitely not enjoy this collection.”

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’s John Leonard Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and 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. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow, received the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review and an O. Henry Award, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

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