By Michael Hainey
A decade within the writing, the haunting tale of a son’s quest to appreciate the secret of his father’s death—a common memoir in regards to the secrets and techniques households retain and the position they play in making us who we are.
Michael Hainey had simply became six whilst his uncle knocked on his family’s again door one morning with the tragic information: Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, used to be chanced on by myself close to his vehicle on Chicago’s North facet, lifeless, of an obvious center assault. Thirty-five years previous, a tender assistant replica table leader on the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was once a vivid and shining superstar within the aggressive, hard-living global of newspapers, one who concerned booze-soaked nights that bled into sunrise. after which abruptly he was once long past, forsaking a tender widow, sons, a fractured family—and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his demise that will obsess Michael all through formative years and lengthy into maturity. eventually, approximately his father’s age whilst he died, and a pro reporter himself, Michael got down to research what occurred that evening. Died “after vacationing friends,” the obituaries acknowledged. however the info past that have been inconsistent. What pals? the place? on the middle of his quest is Michael’s all-too-silent, opaque mom, a girl of significant braveness and tenacity—and a steely selection to not glance again. Prodding and cajoling his kin, and dealing via a community of his father’s friends who abide by means of an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees past the long-held myths and eventually reconciles the daddy he’d imagined with the single he involves know—and within the trip discovers new truths approximately his mother.
A stirring portrait of a relatives and its legacy of secrets and techniques, After traveling Friends is the tale of a son who is going looking for the reality and unearths not just his father, yet an extraordinary window right into a global of fellows and newspapers and fierce loyalties that now not exists.
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