After Visiting Friends
A Son's Story
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This haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death is “searing and unforgettable…memoir writing at its best” (San Francisco Chronicle)—a “powerfully affecting” (O, The Oprah Magazine) portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets.
“Family? Secrets? Sometimes I think they are the same thing.” So writes Michael Hainey in this unforgettable story of a son’s search to discover the decades-old truth about his father’s mysterious death. Hainey was a boy of six when his father, a bright and shining star in the glamorous, hard-living world of 1960s Chicago newspapers, died under mysterious circumstances. His tragic absence left behind not only a young widow and two small sons but questions about family and truth that would obsess Michael for decades.
Years later, Michael undertakes a risky journey to uncover the true story about what happened to his father. Prodding reluctant relatives and working through a network of his father’s old colleagues, Michael begins to reconcile the father he lost with the one he comes to know. At the heart of his quest is his mother, a woman of courage and tenacity—and a steely determination to press on with her life. A universal story of love and loss and the resilience of family in the face of hardship, After Visiting Friends is the account of a son who goes searching for his father, and in the journey discovers new love and admiration for his mother.
From Publishers Weekly
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After Visiting Friends
What a writer! This is the first non-fiction book I have ever read that I couldn't put down! I red it in two days!
Great Read- Best of my 2013!
This isn't so much a memoir, as a piece of (very personal) family journalism that seeks an answer to the popular question, "who are my parents…not as parents, but as people in the world?" Hainey drops onto the pages a great mix of nonfiction, mystery, and romance; his writing is page-turning. I read it in a handful of sittings and definitely recommend it.
Being from McCook, NE, it was a very unique read for me as I've never read a book that had so many references that I remember from my childhood. Look forward to more books from Mr. Hainey.