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Home Before Dark by Susan Cheever
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Aug 31, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, memoir, non-fiction, read-2011
Recommended for: Writers, artists
Read from August 05 to 28, 2011

No writer could ask for a better biography from a child. This is a very compassionate, kind, loving and gentle telling of a father's story, including his failings such as bisexuality, alcoholism and adultery. The book is full of touching memories. The last chapter on the dying of her father is very compassionate and moving. It brought tears to my eyes. When the people die, the living often wish they had done something different and they are filled with regret. Mary, John's wife, regretted going out to get the mail and lingering to look at her garden. When she came back, she found John on the floor with a broken leg. He died a few days later. My mother always regretted the last words she spoke in anger to my father the day he died.


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