Signe Hammer

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Passionate Attachments: Fathers and Daughters in America Today

“Like Nancy Friday’s My Mother, My Self, Passionate Attachments combines a personal journey, the voices of interviewees and sociological analysis. Like Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior, it is an exorcism of sorts--a hope that giving the paternal ghosts a local habitation and a name will keep them from dancing quite so wildly inside the author’s psyche.

“The core of the book is Signe Hammer’s relationship with her own father. Like Jacob with the angel, she searches for the truths about their relationship...The compelling. She invokes in the reader of either sex the constellation of feelings and hurts, surprises and delights, in the word ‘Daddy.’

“Her interviews...illustrate conflicts and resolutions. There are loving, supportive fathers with vibrant, self-directed daughters. There are daughters hamstrung by paternal directives: Learn to use a gun, but don’t own one; get straight A’s, but let me take care of you. Ms. Hammer also talks to victims of emotional impoverishment and incest.”
--New York Times Book Review

“The point of this to help women see how their fathers influenced them.”
--Los Angeles Times

Selected Works

By Her Own Hand:
Memoirs of a Suicide’s Daughter

“A fascinating and disturbing memoir...subtle, lucid and complex.”
--New York Times Book Review
Passionate Attachments: Fathers and Daughters in America Today
Every woman’s first, most influential relationship with a man. “Compelling.”
--New York Times Book Review
Daughters and Mothers, Mothers and Daughters
How this lifelong relationship profoundly shapes both mothers and daughters; “Revealing and enlightening.”
--Los Angeles Times

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