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Feb. 19, 2013
-- After Visiting Friends
is a haunting memoir that speaks to a son’s love for his father and conveys the overwhelming sense of loss that inspired Michael Hainey’s quest for answers. New York Journal of Books’
reviewer Nancy Carti Lepri, author, freelance editor and illustrator describes Michael Hainey’s new book, “. . . a poignant tale of a search for answers and the determination of a loving son to know a parent . . .”
Reviewer Lepri notes
how the gripping memoir unfolds early on when Michael, 6, and his brother Christopher, 8, learn of their father’s unforeseen death at age 35. Michael, grieving and puzzled seeks answers from his mother, but she remains closed. He yearns to know more and this ache for information does not lessen over time. Ms. Lepri notes how Michael grows increasingly inquisitve, “After reading several obituaries, Michael discovers many disturbing contradictions, which pique his curiosity even more.” Ultimately Mr. Hainey’s investigations uncover a great deal: “He learns truths not only about his family, but also of the old commitment newsmen once shared to each other and the secrets they kept.”
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