Wednesday, November 27, 2013
AFTER VISITING FRIENDS (2013)
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is an intimate and honest story about searching for the father who died when the son was only six. It is episodic, as memories are, but never incomplete. The writing is often beautiful causing the reader to pause and reflect.
Bob Hainey was a much loved newspaperman who died on the street in Chicago at the young age of thirty-five.
Following in his journalist father's steps, Michael Hainey discovers as an adult that what he knew about his father's death doesn't quite add up. He decides to use his skills to investigate and along the way meets the people who knew and held his father in high regard. You want to make the journey with him, but it raises questions.
Do we really want to know the truth about our family stories? Who could be hurt? Is it worth the pain it may cause? Does it really matter?
When the end comes, it is unexpected but perfect and moving.
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