Bliss Broyard's fathers are charismatic, seductive, brilliant men who loom large in the world, and larger at home. Their daughters, hungry for attention and connection, veer wildly between naiveté and cool indifference. In this powerful collection, Broyard's unsentimental prose captures the passages of daughters as they grow into young women: their struggles with identity, desire, and familial roles. From the early lessons girls absorb through their fathers-their first audience-to the equivocal attachments of marriage to the emotions of love and mourning, the characters in My Father, Dancing chronicle the never-ending dance between fathers and their daughters, and the many awakenings of girls and women.
""A wonderful first collection. In these eight arresting stories, Ms. Broyard proves herself a powerful writer who never looks away.-The New York Times
""Broyard's characters have senses of humor, flashes of insight and brief streaks of cruelty. . . . Achingly beautiful.""-San Francisco Chronicle
""Among the best new collections. . . . Spare and lovely.""-Time