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The Father's Tale
by Michael D. O'Brien


Overview - Canadian bookseller Alex Graham is a middle-age widower whose quiet life is turned upside down when his college-age son disappears from school in England. Leaving his safe and orderly world for the first time in his life, Graham travels to Oxford, Russia and beyond in search of his lost son who might have become involved with a high-brow, New Age group.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Canadian bookseller Alex Graham is a middle-age widower whose quiet life is turned upside down when his college-age son disappears from school in England. Leaving his safe and orderly world for the first time in his life, Graham travels to Oxford, Russia and beyond in search of his lost son who might have become involved with a high-brow, New Age group. The father's odyssey leads him to fascinating and sometimes frightening people, places and perils - including imprisonment and torture for being mistaken as a spy.Through the uncertainty and the anguish, the loss and the longing, Graham considers his past - youth, marriage, and fatherhood. Apart from childhood illness and the loss of his beloved wife, the bookseller's life had gone rather smoothly within the confines of his small hometown, or so he had once believed.Pulled ever deeper into conflicts between nations, as well as the eternal conflict between good and evil, Graham is stretched nearly to the breaking point by the inexplicable suffering he witnesses and experiences. Struggling to overcome fear and discouragement, he discovers unexpected sources of strength as he presses onward in the hope of recovering his son--and himself.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780898708158
  • ISBN-10: 089870815X
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 1076
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Christian - Suspense

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

O’Brien (A Cry of Stone) takes his readers on an improbable ride, which is his intent. Canadian Alex Graham, a devout Catholic who is still grieving the death of his wife years before, has learned that the younger of his two grown sons, studying at Oxford, has gone missing. From that moment on, Graham travels unrelentingly over several continents in search of his prodigal. It’s a linear narrative of a circuitous journey, portions of which could easily have been shorn without damaging the story. Still, the familial urgency keeps the reader engaged. The travel serves also as a metaphor for Graham’s interior life, which is filled with family themes, memories of risks taken, regrets revisited, and losses overcome. Graham’s urgent search and parental grief in the face of a lost child reflects the story’s metanarrative, that is, love of a kind that takes a father (or Heavenly Father) to the ends of the earth to find his child. It is a long read, perhaps best saved for several winter days. (Nov.)

 
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