Bliss Broyard Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Bliss Broyard has also written “My Father’s Daughter,” an essay appearing in The Art of the Essay (1999). In addition to her short stories, she has published essays and reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other periodicals. Broyard also produces and writes for “The Real World,” a television series produced by Music Television (MTV).


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

My Father, Dancing was a New York Times Notable Book of 1999 and was listed as a Boston Globe Best Book of 1999. “Mr. Sweetly Indecent” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 1998. Her work has also been included in the 1994 edition of The Pushcart Prize.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Bellafonte, Gina. “Windows into Life.” Time, August 2, 1999, 91. Review of collections by four emerging short-story writers includes My Father, Dancing. Describes Broyard’s writing as “spare and lovely,” praises her for elegantly exploring the bond between father and daughter.

Goodman, Allegra. “I Remember Papa.” The New York Times Book Review, August 15, 1999, 7. Review of My Father, Dancing praises the collection for its accurate documentation of the trials of girlhood and especially for the distinctive examination of fathers and daughters.

Grossinger, Harvey. “Bliss Broyard Debuts with Heartfelt Stories.” Review of My Father, Dancing, by Bliss Broyard. Houston Chronicle, October 24, 1999, p. 14. Praises the stories as well-crafted and tautly paced; particularly singles out the father-daughter stories as most compelling. Especially praises the title story as the product of an overflow of genuine sorrow and loss but praises all the stories as “unaffected and heartfelt.” Especially perceptive discussion of “The Trouble with Mr. Leopold” and “Loose Talk.”

Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. “Flawed Fathers, Daughters Who Love and Learn.” Review of My Father, Dancing, by Bliss Broyard. The New York Times, July 29, 1999, p. E9. Describes the...

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