After Visiting Friends
A Son's Story
By Michael Hainey
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781451676617, 299pp.)
Publication Date: February 2014
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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.
Michael Hainey was 6 years old when he was told his father had died after "visiting friends." As he grew up, he began to suspect that the phrase was a euphemism. More at NPR.org
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