Posted on June 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It's Father's Day in the United States — cause for celebration for some, cause for grief or frustration for others, and cause for literary list-making for many publications. 

Author Sam Miller, in the years after his own father's death, found himself thinking more deeply about dads in books, and thus rounded up his top ten books about fathers for the Guardian.

And as Miller noted, many famous works of fiction feature not so much a prominent father, rather his absence; along those lines, Literary Hub identified seven famously absent fathers in literature.

Bustle splits the difference between the previous two posts, with a list of thirteen memorable fathers in fiction (so a mix of good, bad, and downright awful).

Those wanting something more than a listicle will perhaps enjoy a scholar's reflections on what Greek epics taught her about the father-son relationship; for gender balance, we'll offer up BookRiot's list of complicated father-daughter relationships in fiction and Bustle's roundup of the best father-daughter relationships in books.

Categories: Today in Books

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