My Father Before Me

My Father Before Me

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An award-winning poet offers a multi-generational portrait of an American family - weaving together the lives of his ancestors, his parents, and his own coming of age in the 60s and 70s in the wake of his father’s suicide, in this superbly written memoir.

The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of secrets. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn’t come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but unspoken. And on a cold night just before Christmas 1973, long after dinner, the rest of the family asleep, Forhan’s father killed himself in the carport.

Forty years later, Forhan "excavates both his lost father and a lost era in American history" (Bookpage). At the heart of this "fiercely honest" (Nick Flynn) investigation is Forhan’s father, a man whose crisp suits and gelled hair belied a darkness he could not control, a man whose striking dichotomy embodied the ethos of an era.
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ISBN: 9781501131318

Published Date: May 9, 2017

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

Language: English

Page Count: 308

Size: 8.50" l x 5.50" w x 1.00" h