Looking for novels about disillusioned daughters
June 9, 2019 8:47 PM   Subscribe

I’m hoping to read some novels or accounts of daughters growing increasingly disillusioned with their fathers. Think: the opposite of Scout Finch.
posted by jefficator to Human Relations (21 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I just read the Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter in which this definitely happens although the book is not really about her emotional journey.
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:00 PM on June 9 [3 favorites]

If you’re ok with YA books, Just as Long as We're Together would fit the bill.
posted by holborne at 10:03 PM on June 9

In Go Set A Watchman, it actually happens to Scout Finch.
posted by hollyholly at 10:05 PM on June 9 [9 favorites]

Graphic novel OK? Fun Home
posted by bluefly at 10:14 PM on June 9 [9 favorites]

Special Topics in Calamity Physics. The protagonist starts out pretty much whorshipping her dad, by the end of the novel the relationship is more complicated.

Manhattan Beach features a daughter who has a close bond with her dad, which gets strained in the course of the story.
posted by sohalt at 10:42 PM on June 9 [3 favorites]

Teenage Louie and her father, Sam, in The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead, might fit the bill for you. Guardian essay by Jane Smiley about the novel.
posted by vickyverky at 10:48 PM on June 9 [5 favorites]

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
posted by wallawallasweet at 10:50 PM on June 9 [10 favorites]

On Beauty also has a daughter who starts out wanting to emulate her father and later has to learn disappointing things about him.
posted by sohalt at 10:55 PM on June 9

Christa Wolf's Medea: A Modern Retelling starts with a daughter learning something horrible about her dad and turning against him. The sins of the fathers remain an important theme throughout the novel.
posted by sohalt at 11:07 PM on June 9

Pride and Prejudice.
posted by Hypatia at 11:17 PM on June 9 [4 favorites]

Carrie Tiffany, Exploded View
posted by flabdablet at 3:17 AM on June 10

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley.
posted by kevinbelt at 3:59 AM on June 10 [3 favorites]

A Wrinkle in Time.
posted by Melismata at 4:06 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]

Father of the Rain by Lily King
posted by loveandhappiness at 4:15 AM on June 10

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen.
posted by jeather at 4:20 AM on June 10

Def Pride and Prejudice. Maybe Emma too?

Washington Square

North and South (Mrs Gaskell)

not a book, but Dirty Dancing is definitely about this.

Little Dorrit
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 4:50 AM on June 10

Circe by Madeline Miller
posted by cimton at 6:13 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]

The Saskiad by Brian Hall
posted by moonmilk at 7:13 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
posted by Illusory contour at 7:34 AM on June 10

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
posted by middlethird at 10:43 AM on June 10

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska, for an Orthodox Jewish/immigrant family/early 20th century Lower East Side of NYC spin on the subject.
posted by rabbitbookworm at 1:03 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]

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