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 concerning the secrets and techniques households continue and the function 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, was once came across on my own close to his vehicle on Chicago’s North aspect, lifeless, of an obvious middle assault. Thirty-five years previous, a tender assistant reproduction table leader on the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob used to be a shiny and shining celebrity within the aggressive, hard-living international of newspapers, one who concerned booze-soaked nights that bled into sunrise. after which unexpectedly he was once long gone, abandoning a tender widow, sons, a fractured family—and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his loss of life that may obsess Michael all through early life and lengthy into maturity. eventually, approximately his father’s age whilst he died, and a pro reporter himself, Michael got down to examine what occurred that evening. Died “after traveling friends,” the obituaries acknowledged. however the info past that have been inconsistent. What acquaintances? the place? on the middle of his quest is Michael’s all-too-silent, opaque mom, a lady of significant braveness and tenacity—and a steely choice to not glance again. Prodding and cajoling his relations, and dealing via a community of his father’s associates who abide by way 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 only he involves know—and within the trip discovers new truths approximately his mother.
A stirring portrait of a family members and its legacy of secrets and techniques, After traveling Friends is the tale of a son who is going looking for the reality and reveals not just his father, yet a unprecedented window right into a international of guys and newspapers and fierce loyalties that not exists.
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After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey