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Ben Millar’s life feels like any other ex pat romance he drinks too much coffee moans about the French and has just found out he has an unfaithful girlfriend Almost a decade after he has left England he is forced to take on an emotional journey of discovery as fourteen year old Emily the daughter of his teenage love Clara comes to visit him in Paris This new relationship makes Ben face his fears his past and the guilt of leaving her mother the girl he said he would never leave Nothing could prepare Ben for the surprises that Emily brings with her


13 thoughts on “Father of Emily

  1. says:

    To see your country and your countrymen as they really are you have to leave them behind That was Kipling's view at any rate In this moving novel Kristofer Oliver takes the advice of the master story tellerBen is an ex pat living in Paris having fled there at the end of a traumatic relationship Several years on the new if rather rootless life he has built for himself is turned upside down by the arrival of Emily 14 year old daughter of his former partner The narrative traces the growth of their relationship not really father with not quite daughter and gradually unravels the mystery surrounding Emily's unconventional mother ClaraOliver comes from the north of England but he has lived in France amongst smelly cheese and fresh coffee since 2003 Eight years is enough for some of it to rub off This is not a travel guide The Eiffel Tower and Montmartre make brief appearances but his default view is from pavement level cafés and shops traffic and the Metro Locations are blocked in with a sense of familiarity just enough to give freshness and liftThe same goes for the writing I would guess that Oliver has been in France for long enough to start thinking in the language Once or twice there are hints of a Gallic turn of phrase meeting Emily's grandmother after a long absence Ben thinks There are some many years Elizabeth and I have to catch up on Sometimes this gives the prose a slightly bumpy quality generally though the effect is to strip it down to essentials The first person voice is clear and directI can't remember the time from when I first plucked up the courage to ask her out for a drink to the time when I understood her when she was brushing her teeth in the morning We fell into a partnership instead of a relationship We were coupled from the start I remember a day when we both came home separately from the rental shop with the same videoLike the locations the characters are fresh and convincing particularly the trio at the centre of the story Emily is a delightful mix of teenage savvy edging towards adulthood and childlike innocence Her mother Clara seen in flashback has a convincing rawness someone not built to stand up to the blunt instrument of everyday life Even minor characters are there on the page Ben's latest girlfriend Sarah leaving as Emily arrives takes advantage of a difficult phone call to scoot round their flat and pack a few extra itemsSarah picks up the iPod she bought me for my last birthday mouths 'mine now' and places it in her pocketThe two important relationships in the novel between Ben and Emily and between Ben and Clara are both rich and satisfyingly ambiguous There is none of that irritating sense you get from some books that the narrator knows the whole story from the beginning but is perversely keeping the reader in the dark Ben discovers Emily but through her he also rediscovers ClaraFather of Emily has the contemporary charm and honesty of One Day Like Nicholls Oliver has an intimate grip on the minutiae of modern life the wine and the chocolate the bedclothes and the luggage His characters' dilemmas are not philosophically profound but we recognise every detail of their bafflement faced with love and tragedy The difference is that they live in Paris


  2. says:

    Originally posted at Butterfly o Meter Books on Nov 12 2011Let’s begin by loving Mr Cummings hope I spelled his name right? he’s the star of the cover I’d say Yes I am talking about the teddy bear He’s quite an important part of the story This is the story of the bear that went from a kid’s toy to a punk i fied maturity Well it’s not really about that although he does it but wouldn’t that be awesome? lolNo as the blurb tells you this is a story about love – lost new and found It’s a touching story with odd moments and incredibly lovely ones just like life is The writing is lovely it’s sharp very expressive without getting swamped in “big words” it’s coquette in a way if you’ll pardon my French D The plot is interesting and it kept me guessing a lot though by the end it turned out to be less of a head spinner then I suspected it may turn out to be while readingBen was awesome as a character and I loved Emily I had a few laughs about Ben’s love life I mean I couldn’t help it the guy seems to have a very odd way of picking his friends But overall Ben struck me as an incredibly lonely person I mean his “friends” are funny and sort of outlandish and quirky but their main trait seems to be that they’re quite unreliable people that either stab you behind your back or are quick to make up their mind about you and jump to nasty conclusions and judge you I mean me reading the book I can jump to conclusions about something along the way but I’m not Ben’s friend you know? You probably don’t make a lot of sense out of this you’ll just have to have read or go read the book for this to fully make senseI had mixed feelings about Clara Em’s mom She’s that kind of character that makes things exciting and fun and unpredictable but the sort of person I personally would rather not meet you know? She gave me this off feeling I don’t know Maybe because she seemed to be such a demanding personI tend to dislike demanding sort of clingy here and there people for some reason But aside those parts of her personality she was surely charming in her own way My heart went out to her and Emily that’s for sureNow the story read very well for the first half and then I had issues with it for the second From the moment Nicholas made an entrance I was feeling iffy about the whole thing I didn’t like him and later on when we got to meet his daughter certainly didn’t like her the brat and his brother with the whole circus thing I meanit got slightly surreal for a bit which was good The doubt that was planning over Emily’s feelings towards Ben and their interaction that was the off part for me I mean I understand how it works for the final resolve of the whole thing and how it makes sense and all that now that I’m finished reading it But there were moments especially when they were visiting this Nicholas dude when I was so iffy about the whole thing I had to take a lot of breaks while reading before finally making it out of that state of mind Of course after I did make it out I was glad I persevered and read the bookI really liked the book and if you’ll read it which I think you should I think you’ll like it too It’s an original you know? I like originals a lot


  3. says:

    My former collegemate asked me to read his first review of his book I jumped in the chance When I read it I could see the picture in my head Amazing he managed to got me hook at that book I love the characters of Ben and his late ex girlfriend's daughter Emily which was so funny to bond between them


  4. says:

    A brilliant fantasy story filled with passion insight and surprises