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After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey

“Family? Secrets? Sometimes I think they are the same thing.” So writes Michael Hainey in this unforgettable story of a son’s search to discover the decades-old truth about his father’s mysterious death. Hainey was a boy of six when his father, a bright and shining star in the glamorous, hard-living world of 1960s Chicago newspapers, died under mysterious circumstances. His tragic absence left behind not only a young widow and two small sons but questions about family and truth that would obsess Michael for decades.

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.

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  • Nancy K.

    I am making a reservation for the patio at Elephant Bar. Looking forward to seeing everyone. If your plans have changed, let me know! :)

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Nancy K.

    Hmmm. Finished the book. I have questions. Should be fun.

    May 3, 2014

  • Jason F. C.

    Not to be critical, but Handmaid's Tale is one of the best written dystopian novels I've ever read; and I've read many. It is a real famous book. Taste, however, is subjective. There is no right or wrong.

    April 24, 2014

    • Nancy K.

      It's much more fun when we have a variety of opinions. I agree it was well written.

      April 24, 2014

  • Nancy K.

    I just started this one. I read the goldfinch first because I thought it came before this but I was wrong. So far, I like it.

    April 24, 2014

  • Jason F. C.

    I was just looking for the book this morning. I know I have it somewhere.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Scott

    Ok, a man's quest to find the truth about his father, and to define his father/son dynamic...and thus himself....that was painful and depressing. Jason please read and come, don't leave me as the other male/son in the conversation.

    1 · April 23, 2014

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