The Good Father

The Good Father

eBook - 2012
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From the award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo and author of the bestseller Before the Fall , an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.

As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons--hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin.

Daniel Allen has always been a good kid--a decent student, popular--but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.

Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities--and limitations--of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2012
ISBN: 9780385535618
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 307 pages.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 13, 2016

The author is deeply prejudiced toward the news media, depicting them as talking heads with spray-on tans. He repeatedly puts the mass shooting, resulting in several deaths and injuries including the permanent maiming of congress member Gabrielle Giffords as having taken place in Phoenix. It actually happed in Tucson. He names news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, well accepted left-leaning organizations, not once mentioning Fox News, the more conservative channel which has far more adherents than the other two combined. Easy to see where the author's head is. I am sorry I ever got involved with this lofty tome. I managed to drag my way half-way thru it, suddenly realizing it's nothing but a propaganda piece, aimed at engendering collective guilt on the part of the reader. C'mon people it's fiction. Do we have to put up with this self-aggrandizing exercise on the part of the author? I think not.

Sep 24, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it ended. Hawley intersperced actual historical assassination events with the story about his son. I definitely will read other books by this author.

Jun 10, 2016

Worth reading if you can stand the heartbreak....

Mar 22, 2015

A good and fast read. I think it gives a fair perspective on what it must feel like to have a child who commits a terrible crime.

Dec 26, 2013

I hope to read this book soon

Dec 23, 2013

A good read. As it went along I began to feel sorry for the father. He just could not accept his son's confession and kept chasing shadows all the way through the book. He also felt so much guilt because he had not been a big part of his son's life because of divorce. I could feel the father's agony about what was happening to his son and he felt powerless to do anything.

Sep 25, 2013

This book started well, and I couldn't put it down. A good book, very moving in parts.

Aug 25, 2013

I read this book in a day and a half. It was gripping and yet not forceful in its grip. I was hugely drawn to the author's writing style; over and over his sentences were ones that I had to reread allowing them to roll over my tongue in their perfection. The story line speaks of the loss of connection between child and parent when a marriage dissolves that can occur, especially when distance also is involved. It also starkly reminds us how life can change on a dime and how a seemingly normal person can descend into their own reality with just a few changes in their life. This book makes me want to seek out Noah Hawley's other books.

akasq Jun 17, 2013

A story of a father and son, told
by a gifted author. Written with
great emotion. A winner.

Mar 03, 2013

I actually found this tedious and painful. I didn't like any of the characters except someone who talked to the dad in an airport men's room late in the book, and he was present very briefly. I didn't find it terribly convincing either.

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