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The Good Father by Noah Hawley
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Apr 23, 2012

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I liked this book for the cautionary tale it is to divorced parents who relegate their kids to the shuttle back and forth thing when they make a new marriage and the poor kid becomes a ping pong ball in no-man's land. Everyone likes to make the point about how adaptable kids are and that most of them survive the divorce of their parents in perfectly fine shape, but this book speaks to the case where this isn't necessarily so.

This book portrays a suffering father whose young adult son has committed a grave crime. Divorce from the son's mother and the creation of a new family has led to a thin relationship with this first son and the father is now left with trying to figure out where he dropped the ball.

And why do our kids do the things they do? Some parents are able to view their kids at arm's length, shake their heads, and assign their actions and attitudes to the world out there. Others take it more personally and look inward to see their part in the matter.

Thought-provoking story.
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