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After visiting friends : a son's story
Michael Hainey
Adult Nonfiction PN4874.H215 A6 2013

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Six-year-old Hainey woke one morning to a knock on the door of his family's house in Chicago; Hainey's uncle delivered the news that Michael's 35-year-old father, Bob, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, had been found dead of an apparent heart attack. What happened to him? Why had he been out so late and not at home? Bob Hainey's obituary indicates that the newspaperman was visiting friends; who were these friends? In this heartfelt memoir, Hainey painfully reconstructs the few years he recalls with his father and painstakingly searches for clues that might help him understand his father's death. When he turns 35, Hainey sets off on a quest to interview as many of his father's friends as will talk to him, to review all the published details of his father's death, and to discover what his father was really like. Along the way, "instead of conjuring my father dying alone, he sees this alternate, secret narrative: him, friends, far from home, late at night...." Eventually, he discovers a disturbing secret that his mother has long kept silent, grappling to understand this new dimension of his parents' lives and resigning himself to having discovered a side of his father he never knew. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Hainey was a young boy when his newspaperman father died suddenly. His stoic mother refuses to talk about the death, and Hainey's secret perusal of his father's obituaries leads him to believe there is more to the story than he has been told. Hainey follows his father's journalism footsteps, and as an adult he uses his reporter's skills finally to get to the bottom of the story that has defined his life. This compelling memoir is read by Dan John Miller, whose voices, pacing, and talent for conveying nuance and emotion bring Hainey's text to life. VERDICT Hainey deftly weaves family history and personal memory into his quest for the truth about his father, creating for the reader an incredible and captivating story. Highly recommended. ["Readers may intuit quickly what happened the night of Hainey's father's death, but the portrait of the bygone world of the Chicago newspaper industry and the slow unraveling of the puzzle surrounding Bob Hainey's life, rather than his death, will keep readers interested beyond that point," read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 3/21/13.]-Amy Koester, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., Wentzville, MO (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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