After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey (Scribner, 2013).
Michael Hainey’s father, an accomplished journalist, died young and, according to the obits, alone on a street at night. Hainey follows in his father’s footsteps by becoming a newspaperman. As a reporter, Hainey is determined to learn the full story of his father’s death.
Excellent reporting requires excellent investigation skills. After Visiting Friends proves Hainey’s ability to objectively report the facts while still telling a personal story. It’s a very heart-warming story told through conversations and memory. Hainey invites the reader to follow him across the country and into the homes of family, friends, and many new acquaintances. As he searches for the truth about his father, he becomes much closer to his mother – the one person who may not be able to accept that truth.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer).