A Son is a son till he takes a wife; a daughter’s a daughter all of her life.
When Jane Morgan Barry attends her mother’s funeral, she steps through the church doors as a Smith College BA, UNH MA, UW-Madison PhD, successful businesswoman, wife, and mother. But she’s also an outcast; the troublesome black sheep of the family – long fallen from grace. Once the head cheerleader at her school, cheering only for the boys, and the apple of her father’s eye, adult Jane has morphed into something so hideous and inflammatory it brooks a wave of averted gazes as she walks down the aisle. Feminist.
AGAINST MY FATHER’S WILL is an intimate, bittersweet account of Jane’s fight for equality and against ‘eternal daughterhood’: a fight that would lead to lawsuits, media attention, a strained relationship with her parents and an act so hurtful it leaves her reeling.
It’s also the story of Jane discovering that the greatest enemy can exist within, and that even the deepest hurts can be healed by an act of love and grace.