It begins on June 6, 1982: "Dutch" Potter, an upstate New York bus driver whose son has been missing in action for twelve years, dons his World War II army uniform, collects passengers on his usual route, and then veers off course, careening into the woods, taking seven passengers hostage to his one demand - the return of his son. This wild ride that takes us from New York to Normandy to Southeast Asia by way of Dutch's memories, hopes, and despair is rendered in mesmerizingly lyrical prose - ranging in tone from bardic to barfly - and forms a brilliantly layered and nuanced narrative. As Dutch readies himself for an armed confrontation with Federal authorities, as his family and close-knit community are thrown into sudden and desperate action, Father of the Man reveals itself to be a love story: not only between father and son, but between husband and wife, mother and child, the living and the dead.
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