|12-18-2007, 12:20 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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The Good Father eBook edition
The Good Father delivers a punch that left me breathless (and speechless).
I am not sure that the title or the synopsis would have pulled me in if I were not already a Marion Husband fan. She always creates vibrant characters and solid plot lines. The Good Father is the latest example of her writing skill.
The book has stayed with me over the last few days. And I have struggled with how to explain it -- both the emotional affect and the actual book.
The story is VERY British -- placid exterior facades and seething interior lives, quiet suffering and explosive emotions. All very restrained and mostly proper, at least on the surface.
The year is 1959 and Ms. Husband returns to the small English town of Thorp. The story centers on Peter and Jack but with strong side stories about Harry (the lawyer) and Val (the girlfriend). There are several cameo appearances by characters from other books just to spice things up. These are multidimensional characters and each one is an integral in telling the whole story.
I have to admit that I didn't figure out the main plot twist -- unusual for me. The ending actually astonished me. I kept shaking my head in disbelief. And yet, upon reflection, I can see that it was really the only ending that made sense. I am actually thinking about rereading the book to figure out how the author so successfully pulled me through the story without giving herself away.
This is a great "literary fiction" piece that I highly recommend.
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