After Visiting Friends

After Visiting Friends

A Son's Story

Large Print - 2013
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Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family's back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael's father, was found alone near his car on Chicago's North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family--and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father's age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died "after visiting friends," the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael's all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity--and a steely determination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father's buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he'd imagined with the one he comes to know--and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother. After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781611738230
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,23 cm


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Jan 08, 2015

A fair to middling read at best. While Hainey's story should grip, it almost always manages to fall a bit short. Though it has a few redeeming moments.
A major problem may be his writing style which relies far too heavily on choppy repetitive sentences that distract from the narrative and makes one sometimes feel that Captain Kirk is speaking.
Speaking sentences. Choppy sentences. Like these. Repeating them. To over-dramatize a point. Yes, repeating. Dramatically. Pointedly.

Dec 14, 2013

A slow paced narrative but one that compelled me to complete the journey with the author. A good read.

Aug 13, 2013

I love memoirs of all sorts, but this is one of the best I have ever read. So beautiful, thoughtful, personal and just an outstanding story.

JCLColleenO Jul 25, 2013

This is a son's journey to find out what happened to his father who died mysteriously when the son was six years old. It's easy to tell that the author is a journalist, as he goes about his search trying to search for facts, yet the emotional aspects of his fatherless life, and living with a tight-lipped mother, are apparent. Good story.

Jul 15, 2013

This investigative chronicle is light on suspense, heavy on personal refelction. The author's interviews with friends and relatives become more poignant as he goes along, revealing a widespread and silent network of love and support he did not realize existed.

Misty20 Jun 06, 2013

An interesting true story mystery questioning where his father was the night he died. Beautifully written by GQ writer Michael Hainey. Story unfolds slowly with many descriptive scenes leading up to his death and jumping to the present time, searching for answers.

emily8 May 20, 2013

very well done story of man who loses his father when he is only six. becomes a huge part of his every waking moment and even invades his dreams. this is highly recommended..

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