My Father's Fortune
By Michael Frayn
(AudioGO, Compact Disc, 9781609981532)
Publication Date: April 2011
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Michael Frayn reveals the original exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, a roofing 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, even through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more than three watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed on was the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir.
Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. He has written nine novels, while among his thirteen plays are Noises Off and Copenhagen.
Acclaimed writer Michael Frayn has written a memoir about his father, a self-made roofing salesman who overcame deafness, widowhood and the two world wars. The fortune that he left behind for his son was not one of material riches, but rather a legacy of resilience, healthy skepticism and humor. More at NPR.org
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