The Best Father-Daughter Relationships in Books

Looking for father-daughter relationships in fiction? We have the perfect recommendations for stories about dads and their daughters!

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Sometimes, all we want is to read about is a father-daughter relationship and the intrigues of family. Thankfully, there are plenty of books with interesting relationships between dads and their girls. Dads walk with their daughters through every stage of life, and there are plenty of books to commemorate that. Here are some of the top books about father-daughter relationships that are worth the read.

The Bear by Andrew Krivak: The Last of Father-Daughter Relationships


In The Bear, a girl and her dad are the last two humans on Earth. When she’s separated from her dad, she has to learn to live on her own based on the lessons he taught her and the lessons of nature. For those who enjoy wilderness survival stories with family ties, this is the perfect book to blend those factors with some existential questions.

Other People’s Pets by R.L. Maizes: A Father-Daughter Relationship Between Thieves


If you like father-daughter relationships that examine the perils of real-life stressors, Other People’s Pets is the perfect read. La La is an animal empath, and her father is a locksmith-turned-thief. So La La helps her father by calming the animals at the houses they rob. But when her father is arrested, La La has to decide how far she is willing to go to get him back. Since the book deals with an absent mother and a questionable dad, Other People’s Pets is a great examination of how parents influence their kids.

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings: A Single Dad Struggling with Two Daughters


The Descendants has a father-daughter dynamic with two daughters. After their mother, Joanie was put into a coma due to a boating incident, their Dad, Matthew, struggles to manage his two daughters. As the time looms closer to when Joanie will be pulled off life support, Matthew tries to gather everyone she knew. Which leads to the discovery of a secret affair between his wife and another man. Matthew and his daughters set off to uncover the truth of the affair while learning about themselves in the process.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: A Historical Examination of Father-Daughter Relationships


For historical fiction fans, All the Light We Cannot See provides an interesting look into World War II and father-daughter relationships. Marie-Laure, a blind girl, lives in Paris with her father. That is until the Nazi occupation of Paris leads them to flee to Saint-Malo, where they live with her uncle. It provides a lot of interesting commentary on World War II and what it means to survive while also dealing with father-daughter relationships.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti: A Thriller About Family History


The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley follows a single dad trying to do what’s right for his daughter. After years of living on the road to protect himself, Samuel decides to settle down so his daughter can have the life she deserves as she reaches her teenage years. But when his daughter, Loo, struggles to fit into the town life, she decides to investigate her parents’ history. And most importantly, the twelve scars her father carries from his criminal career. It’s a thrilling story focused on the dynamics of father-daughter relationships.

Braving It by James Campbell: When Family Bonding Meets the Wilderness


If you prefer memoirs, James Campbell wrote about his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness with his daughter. While he was nervous about her enjoyment of the tough climate, it became a bonding experience for them that tested their relationship in one of the most difficult regions of the world. It’s all about learning to trust your family and believing they have the strength to deal with the difficulties nature may throw their way.

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