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The Resource After visiting friends : a son's story, Michael Hainey

After visiting friends : a son's story, Michael Hainey

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After visiting friends : a son's story
Title
After visiting friends
Title remainder
a son's story
Statement of responsibility
Michael Hainey
Title variation
After visiting friends
Title variation remainder
a sons story
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son's quest to understand the mystery of his father's death-- a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are. Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family's back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael's father, was found alone near his car on Chicago's North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family-- and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father's age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died "after visiting friends," the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael's all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity-- and a steely determination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father's buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he'd imagined with the one he comes to know-- and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother. A stirring portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets, After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists"--
Summary
Traces the GQ deputy editor's decade-long investigation into the mystery of his father's sudden death, describing his father's achievements as a dynamic reporter, the author's examination of inconsistencies in his father's medical records and the honor code of secrecy that challenged his research
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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10169454
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 070/.92
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4874.H215
LC item number
A6 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a son's story
Label
After visiting friends : a son's story, Michael Hainey
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn800031287
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9781451676563
Lccn
2012039168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)800031287
Label
After visiting friends : a son's story, Michael Hainey
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn800031287
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9781451676563
Lccn
2012039168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)800031287

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