Good Father

By Noah Hawley
(Hodder & Stoughton, Hardcover, 9781444730364)

Publication Date: March 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback

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“How much does divorce really affect a child? How responsible is a parent for the acts performed by his adult child? Is the unconditional love of a parent for a child truly unconditional? Paul Allen is a respected doctor living the American dream in Connecticut with his second wife and their twin sons. Daniel is the 19-year-old product of his first failed marriage. When Daniel is accused of shooting the Democratic candidate for president at a rally, things begin spiraling out of control. When Paul tries to rush to his son's side, he learns that not only does no one care that he is a doctor, but he is also viewed with suspicion because he is Daniel's father. Hawley has written a psychological thriller about the modern American family in a situation that is only too possible in today's society.”
-- Sharon Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


Description
First-time author Hawley delivers an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his 20-year old son. Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, "The Good Father" is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end.



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  1. The central theme of the novel is one of parenting, and the amount of influence a parent has on who their child grows up to be. How much responsibility does Paul ultimately bear for Daniel’s actions?

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