My Father's Fortune

By Michael Frayn
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250002341, 286pp.)

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

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Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize
Award-winning playwright and novelist Michael Frayn "makes the family memoir his own" (The Daily Telegraph) as he tells the story of his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, an asbestos salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary, Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six other people, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, through German rockets, feckless in-laws, and his own increasing deafness; through the setback of a son as bafflingly slow-witted as the father was quick on his feet; through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. As Peter Kemp wrote in The Sunday Times (London), "Frayn has never written with more searching brilliance than in his quest for his past."




About the Author
Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling "Headlong", which was a "New York Times" Editors' Choice selection and a Booker Prize finalist, and "Spies", which received the Whitbread Fiction Award. He has also written a memoir, "My Father's Fortune", and fifteen plays, among them "Noises Off" and "Copenhagen", which won three Tony Awards. He lives just south of London.
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