Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The [Insert Possessive Noun]'s Daughter

Does anyone have a good theory for why there are so many books titled The ____'s Daughter? Perhaps Eudora Welty started the trend with The Optimist's Daughter. Perhaps we're obsessed with the parent-daughter relationship. Here's what my short search on unearthed from the last couple years:

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
The Mistress’s Daughter by A.M. Homes
The Ditchdigger’s Daughter by Yvonne S. Thornton
The Tailor’s Daughter by Janice Graham
The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
The Doctor’s Daughter by Hilma Wolitzer
The Alchemist’s Daughter by Katharine Mcmahon
The Courtesan’s Daughter by Claudia Dain
The Winemaker’s Daughter by Timothy Egan
The Mortician’s Daughter by Elizabeth Bloom
The Tsarina’s Daughter by Carolly Erickson
The Caretaker’s Daughter by Gabrielle Goldsby
The Turkish Diplomat’s Daughter by Deniz Goran
The Colonel’s Daughter by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
The Professor’s Daughter by Emily Raboteau

I'm sure I missed a few.


Anonymous said...

Coming in September, *The Heretic's Daughter* a novel by Kathleen Kent.

Good observation ... there are a lot of *XXXX's Wife* books out there too!

nan said...

My husband likes to call those titles "The Occupation's Relative" ... didn't realize there were so many daughters out there, though!