If My Father Loved Me

If My Father Loved Me

Book - 2003
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Sadie's life is calm and complete. She is a mother, a good friend, andthe robust survivor of a marriage she deliberately left behind. She hascome to believe that she has everything she wants, or deserves. But nowher father is dying: the vital, elusive man who spent his life creatingperfumes for other women is slipping away from her. When she realisesthat she can never make her peace with him, Sadie begins to look backover her childhood. In pursuing his separate life, Sadie's fatherignored her, subjecting her to succession of 'aunties', leaving herloveless and alone. As Sadie confronts the truth about her father, herrelationship with her son Jack appears to be breaking down and she isintent on saving it. Then the arrival of one of those fleeting womenfrom her father's past starts a train of events that even Sadie cannotcontrol...
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, c2003
ISBN: 9781552783580
1552783588
Branch Call Number: THOM
Characteristics: 404 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Sadie lives with her two children in London where she has her own bookbinding business. She is content with her work and her friends, though worried about her teenage son who has reacted badly to her ex-husband’s remarriage. She finds herself thinking of her own father and how she could not reconcile her feelings of resentment towards him or come to terms with the pain he caused her in her childhood. As she struggles with her memories, her relationship with her son deteriorates. The emotional tension that builds up over the course of the hot, dry summer is echoed in the riots in London’s East End and near tragedy for Sadie’s friends. When life settles down again Sadie realizes she has finally come to terms with her feelings for her father and she can now cherish his memory. These memories together with her close circle of friends and family form the foundation for her future happiness.

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