After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael HaineyAfter Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

byMichael Hainey

Paperback | February 18, 2014

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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.
Title:After Visiting Friends: A Son's StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.38 X 5.5 X 0.8 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451676611

ISBN - 13:9781451676617

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Editorial Reviews

"A book whose heartbreak and humor, in the true Irish tradition, can''t be untangled. It''s a kind of detective story, but the mystery is the past itself."