Our Father

Our Father FRENCH S MOST FOCUSED DARING AND POWERFUL NOVEL New WomanFamed presidential advisor Stephen Upton has suffered a stroke and his four very different daughters gather in his perfectly appointed mansi

  • Title: Our Father
  • Author: Marilyn French
  • ISBN: 9780345384904
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • FRENCH S MOST FOCUSED, DARING, AND POWERFUL NOVEL New WomanFamed presidential advisor Stephen Upton has suffered a stroke, and his four very different daughters gather in his perfectly appointed mansion outside Boston to await his death or recovery Elizabeth, cold and calculating, fights hard for every success and pays a high price beautiful Mary has always needed a FRENCH S MOST FOCUSED, DARING, AND POWERFUL NOVEL New WomanFamed presidential advisor Stephen Upton has suffered a stroke, and his four very different daughters gather in his perfectly appointed mansion outside Boston to await his death or recovery Elizabeth, cold and calculating, fights hard for every success and pays a high price beautiful Mary has always needed a man to support her tastes, but time is catching up with her Alex can t remember her childhood and wants to know why and Ronnie, illegitimate and proud, refuses to acknowledge her feelings for the man they all love and hate In the weeks to come, they will learn one another s terrible secrets, and the astonishing truth about the life they might have shared.Once again, Marilyn French has written an extraordinary novel of our times a novel of family love and resentment, of sisterhood and fatherhood, of acceptance and rejection and the search for peace SHOULD STRIKE A CHORD WITH EVERY WOMAN who is willing to think honestly about the place of femaleness in the world Chicago Tribune

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    About “Marilyn French

    • Marilyn French

      She attended Hofstra University then Hofstra College where she also received a master s degree in English in 1964 She married Robert M French Jr in 1950 the couple divorced in 1967 She later attended Harvard University, earning a Ph.D in 1972 Years later she became an instructor at Hofstra University.In her work, French asserted that women s oppression is an intrinsic part of the male dominated global culture Beyond Power On Women, Men and Morals 1985 is a historical examination of the effects of patriarchy on the world.French s 1977 novel, The Women s Room, follows the lives of Mira and her friends in 1950s and 1960s America, including Val, a militant radical feminist The novel portrays the details of the lives of women at this time and also the feminist movement of this era in the United States At one point in the book the character Val says all men are rapists This quote has often been incorrectly attributed to Marilyn French herself French s first book was a thesis on James Joyce.French was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1992 This experience was the basis for her book A Season in Hell A Memoir 1998.She was also mentioned in the 1982 ABBA song, The Day Before You Came The lyrics that mentioned French were I must have read a while, the latest one by Marilyn French or something in that style.French died from heart failure at age 79 on May 2, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City She is survived by her son Robert and daughter Jamie.

    152 thoughts on “Our Father


    • Famed presidential advisor Stephen Upton has a stroke and his four grown daughters by four different mothers gather at his Boston mansion to await his death or recovery Lizzie, the eldest, well educated, cold and calculating Mary with seven marriages and now money problems Alex, who no one knows because she left the house when she was very young and the illegitimate Ronnie the Chicano no one knows about the result of a long relationship their father had with the mansion s housekeeper.They learn [...]


    • Wow What an insightful book From the outset French packs a wallop and this continues, building suspensefully, to the end Four half sisters who have been raised by a brute of a father come together on the occasion of his major stroke Having been raised separately and with hate, they begin their journey into discovery with rancor and plenty of bitter words Gradually this passes and is replaced by an acceptance of and even love for each other Great story laced with lots of political and philosophy [...]


    • Dit is de allereerste keer dat een boek halverwege het lezen weer de kast ingaatHeb mezelf tot bladzijde 270 geworsteld Wat een verschrikkelijk saai en langdradig boek Hoe erg ik het ook vind wat de half zussen in dit boek is overkomen, ik vond de dames geen van allen sympathiek Zodra ik merk dat ik er tegenop zie om een boek te lezen, moet ik mezelf echt aan leren om mezelf gewoon een plezier te doen en te stoppen met het boek te lezen puur uit beleefdheid naar de schrijver schrijfster.


    • What a disappointment Feminist icon and author of The Women s Room writes about feminism in Nicey Nice Land where Mrs Somebody the domestic servant serves an omelet to the lunch guests and everyone changes for dinner It s also where the perpetrator of repeated, regular incestuous rape with his daughters one only an infant is loved and treated with respect and decency Sadly, I think this book is an insult to all women and rape victims in particular.


    • At first this book seemed really fractured and fll of hate and snobbery I was not even sure why I was reading it Then things came together and it became a joy to read I like the way that feminism is presented not some sort of logical argument, but gently creeping in as inevitable, undeniable.


    • you know those conversations you have in your head about your life and the people in it multiply that by 4 these women overcome their differences as they overcome their past and their differences to find that sisterhood may be a love worth having.


    • An abridged version would be far preferred The dialogue is tedious due to the tiresome themes of anger, resentment and victimization.


    • An interesting read but not something that really grabbed me It feels like too much emphasis is put on race and class and not enough on story Not something I would recomend.




    • Wow French hits the reader upside the head with family issues just keeps at it right through to the final page Loved the characters, plot, setting, themes, etc Enjoyed it immensely


    • More than a beach book, less than masterpiece, this is a book for women who are thinking, or who have thought, about what it means to be feminist , indeed simply to be a female person in the world of a very strong man.What drew me in immediately was the way French gives each of the sisters her own voice the way she makes them argue with each other, with themselves the way she makes them really see that together they are stronger than they could ever have imagined.The dirty secret hidden in the s [...]


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