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The Story of My Father - A Memoir

Sue Miller

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In the fall of 1988, Sue Miller found herself caring for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. She was, she claims, perhaps the least constitutionally suited of all her siblings to be in the role in which she suddenly found herself, and in The Story of My Father she grapples with the haunting memories of those final months and the larger narrative of her father's life. With compassion, self-scrutiny, and an urgency born of her own yearning to rescue her father's memory from the disorder and oblivion that marked his dying and death, Sue Miller takes us on an intensely personal journey that becomes, by virtue of her enormous gifts of observation, perception, and literary precision, a universal story of fathers and daughters. James Nichols was a fourth-generation minister, a retired professor from Princeton Theological Seminary. Sue Miller brings her father brilliantly to life in these pages-his religious faith, his endless patience with his children, his gaiety and willingness to delight in the ridiculous, his singular gifts as a listener, and the rituals of church life that stayed with him through his final days. She recalls the bitter irony of watching him, a church historian, wrestle with a disease that inexorably lays waste to notions of time, history, and meaning. She recounts her struggle with doctors, her deep ambivalence about many of her own choices, and the difficulty of finding, continually, the humane and moral response to a disease whose special cruelty it is to dissolve particularities and to diminish, in so many ways, the humanity of those it strikes. She reflects, unforgettably, on the variable nature of memory, the paradox of trying to weave a truthful narrative from the threads of a dissolving life. And she offers stunning insight into her own life as both a daughter and a writer, two roles that swell together here in a poignant meditation on the consolations of storytelling. With the care, restraint, and consummate skill that define her beloved and best-selling fiction

Language:

English

Length:

5h 30m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

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Chapter 3
Chapter 3

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Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

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Chapter 25
Chapter 25

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Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

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Chapter 35
Chapter 35

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Chapter 36
Chapter 36

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Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

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Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

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Chapter 43
Chapter 43

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Chapter 44
Chapter 44

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Chapter 45
Chapter 45

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Chapter 46
Chapter 46

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Chapter 47
Chapter 47

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Chapter 48
Chapter 48

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Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

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Chapter 51
Chapter 51

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Chapter 52
Chapter 52

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Chapter 53
Chapter 53

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Chapter 54
Chapter 54

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Chapter 55
Chapter 55

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Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:10


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:39


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

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Chapter 71
Chapter 71

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Chapter 72
Chapter 72

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Chapter 73
Chapter 73

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Chapter 74
Chapter 74

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Chapter 75
Chapter 75

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