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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Miller Narrator: Sue Miller Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9780739301920
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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, Sue Miller now gives us a rigorous, compassionate inventory of two lives, in a memoir destined to offer comfort to all sons and daughters struggling-as we all eventually must-to make peace with their fathers and with themselves.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Deft, sincere and eloquent. . . With the care, restraint, and consummate skill that define her well-crafted and bestselling fiction, Sue Miller has now written a beautiful, compelling memoir about her father and his downward spiral into the demonic grasp of Alzheimer’s disease. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Stunning. . . A remarkable yet self-effacing testament to the vagaries of memory . . . [Miller] turns a man’s simple life and tragic death into a lively and unforgettable narrative. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • “Deeply affecting . . . Like any memoir, this one is a way of bringing its subject back to life. . . . [This] beautifully written little book takes on the narrative power of first-rate fiction. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • “Beautifully written . . . Style and story are so seamlessly fused, and so perfectly balanced, that true clarity emerges. The Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 1/23/2014

    " A tough read...but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/18/2014

    " A touching and realistic non-fiction account of caring for her father through Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Moore | 1/17/2014

    " This too can be a tough read due to the subject matter. I attended a reading given by the author, which added to my appreciation for the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SueAnn | 12/6/2013

    " I listened to the audio version of the story. This story looked interesting to me because of losing my father and wanting to write about him some day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/23/2013

    " An honest portrayal of the loss of a father. Sue Miller captured the double loss Alhzeimer's creates in the lives of families. Deeply touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolynmora | 10/12/2013

    " Still love a good sad memoir about illness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jandy James | 6/19/2013

    " I love Sue Miller. She usually writes fiction but this one is nonfiction, the account of her father's decline into alzheimer's. A beautiful book, especially for anyone who has a geriatric parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 david | 12/13/2012

    " An honest portrayal of the loss of a father. Sue Miller captured the double loss Alhzeimer's creates in the lives of families. Deeply touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Briggs | 9/14/2012

    " In retrospect, MS. Miller thinks that proximity of care facility, close to loved ones, should be a top priority. Not sure where her guilt comes from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/7/2012

    " This had new insights on Alzheimer's that I had not come across in other books. Well written and insightful about a daughter's experience with a father who has the disease. Thanks, Carol, for the recommendation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 4/2/2012

    " Written more for the author's benefit than the reader's I think. Had some interesting scenes and issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty King | 11/2/2011

    " I read this after burying my own father, who also had Alzheimer's Disease. It was a great comfort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/15/2010

    " This is a beautiful and heartbreaking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolynmora | 7/21/2010

    " Still love a good sad memoir about illness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/21/2010

    " This too can be a tough read due to the subject matter. I attended a reading given by the author, which added to my appreciation for the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SueAnn | 9/19/2009

    " I listened to the audio version of the story. This story looked interesting to me because of losing my father and wanting to write about him some day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/6/2009

    " This had new insights on Alzheimer's that I had not come across in other books. Well written and insightful about a daughter's experience with a father who has the disease. Thanks, Carol, for the recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 4/25/2009

    " This is a beautiful and heartbreaking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 4/7/2009

    " I read this after burying my own father, who also had Alzheimer's Disease. It was a great comfort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 6/10/2008

    " Written more for the author's benefit than the reader's I think. Had some interesting scenes and issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 2/14/2008

    " A touching and realistic non-fiction account of caring for her father through Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/9/2007

    " An honest portrayal of the loss of a father. Sue Miller captured the double loss Alhzeimer's creates in the lives of families. Deeply touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 david | 5/8/2007

    " An honest portrayal of the loss of a father. Sue Miller captured the double loss Alhzeimer's creates in the lives of families. Deeply touching. "

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About the Author
Author Sue Miller

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of the novels Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, and The Good Mother; the story collection Inventing the Abbotts; and the memoir The Story of My Father. She lives in Boston.