9 Best Books About Fathers And Daughters Update 05/2022

Family life is a shambles, and let’s face it, literature feeds on shambles. Unpleasant and even twisted familial ties appear to abound in fiction. Of course, as a reader and writer, I don’t mind messes. When it comes to father-daughter relationships, however, I prefer complex and tender to destructive and twisted, and I must admit that I’ve always been a sucker for works that portray that specific relationship with just the perfect intonation.

These Silent Woods, my newest work, is centered on themes of love, sacrifice, and redemption, and I hope readers will fall in love with the father and daughter who populate the pages. Cooper, a damaged but loyal father, and Finch, his brave and clever eight-year-old, appear to live in peace in the distant Appalachian mountains. But Cooper’s world is precarious, and one slight blunder might bring it crashing down. We learn what it took for them to create their tranquil lives, how fragile that peace is, and how far Cooper will go to keep his daughter safe as the movie progresses. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite books about father-daughter relationships below. They are as follows:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl, leads the characters in this essential and gripping novel, as she struggles to decide whether or not to speak up after witnessing a friend being shot by a police officer. Her narrative is compelling in and of itself, but I appreciated the added layer of her ex-gangster father and his valiant efforts to save Starr. Maverick is tough and frightening, but he’s also affectionate and warm, and one of the book’s many remarkable elements is his amazing bond with his daughter.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’m scared to even try to write about this amazing story since I’m sure my words will fall short, but here goes. One of the novel’s two young characters, Marie-Laure, is blind. Daniel, her father, constructs a miniature copy of her neighborhood so that she can memorize it and return home. When the Nazis seize Paris and the two of them evacuate the city, Daniel slowly narrates all he sees to his daughter, who must learn to navigate an unfamiliar and dangerous environment. Marie-Laure and Daniel are both noble, brave, and lovable, and their love is endearing.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

In this novel, I couldn’t help but root for Hawley, his bright and fearless daughter, Loo, and their long and bumpy road to trust and stability. One of the most unforgettable sections I’ve read in recent years is the lake scene in this novel. It’s both alarming and devastating at the same time. Hannah Tinti knows how to make a reader’s heart beat faster, and this is one of my favorites.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout, the strong, feisty narrator of this cherished classic, has been dubbed the idyllic narrator, while Atticus Finch has been dubbed the idyllic parent. It’s difficult not to cheer for Atticus, who is unwavering and ethical, and his equally principled second-grader.

The Bear by Andrew Krivak

In The Bear, a father and daughter, the only two humans on the planet, must explore a bleak landscape. The father teaches his daughter to hunt, fish, and live in peace with nature with patience and grace. He gives her bits and pieces of her past, but more crucially, he gives her the abilities she’ll need in the future. This narrative is painful, inspirational, and beautiful, and it is well written.

When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash

Winston, the calm, humble sheriff who finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and an aircraft crash just as he’s about to lose his reelection attempt, is at the center of this novel. Colleen, his daughter, is reeling from a big loss of her own and has returned to her parents’ house in North Carolina to find her footing. I was really taken with these two’s tale. Winston makes an effort to interact with and support his daughter from childhood through adolescence and adulthood.

Other People’s Pets By R.L. Maizes

La La Fine is an empath for animals. Her father, Zev, is a shady locksmith who steals from people’s homes. When Zev discovers LaLa’s talent, he invites her to join him on his nightly robberies. While he gets to work, she calms the anxious, barking dogs. It’s only a matter of time before Zev is apprehended. When he does, LaLa will have to make a series of life-altering choices. Is she going to pick up where her father left off in order to pay her father’s legal bills? And what does she owe her father, a guy who, after all, made her a co-conspirator in his criminal enterprise?

The End of the Ocean By Maja Lunde

It’s 2041, and conflict and drought are wreaking havoc on Southern Europe. As they leave their refugee camp in search of missing family members, David and his daughter, Lou, have nothing but one other. When they come across an abandoned sailboat, their luck seems to change. Signe, a determined 70-year-old woman who sailed across the ocean hunting for a missing loved one, had owned the yacht for 22 years. As David and Lou sail the high seas, they begin to see how Signe’s story connects to their own.

Loving Day By Mat Johnson

Warren Duffy does not expect to run see his daughter at a Philadelphia comic book convention. When he sees his white father’s and Black mother’s distinctive traits on the face of 17-year-old Tal, he knows they’re linked. Warren is desperate to develop a successful relationship with Tal after a divorce and a failed business. Their first stumbling block is that he is Black and she is white. The second obstacle they must overcome is Tal’s requirement to complete high school. They choose a multicultural school, and that’s when things take another unexpected turn: they may have just wandered into a cult, and they’ll have to work together to get out.

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