FREYA MANFRED: Dads and Daughters


I just finished reading Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, by Freya Manfred. It was a book I enjoyed on many levels–because I’m a fan of Frederick Manfred’s stories, because I love to read literary memoirs, and because I am the daughter of a writing/thinking father so I was curious about her experiences as daughter of such a man. What a delight to discover Freya herself–a sensitive, poetic, wonderfully honest artist/storyteller!

In an interview published in the Summer, 2001 issue of South Dakota Review, Freya was asked about what type of reaction she wanted from her own readers. Her response was “I want them to hear my heart.” When I read this book about growing up with her artist father and becoming an artist herself, I heard her heart. A lovely book!

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