On Sale: March 20, 2012
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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 sonsâ€”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 kidâ€”a decent student,
popularâ€”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 responsibilitiesâ€”and limitationsâ€”of
being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with
unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.
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