At the age of six, a little girl named Harvey learns that her parents have died in a car accident. As she struggles to understand, a kindly social worker named Wanda introduces her to her only li ...more
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Jason is utterly unprepared to become a father. Lonely, reeling from a traumatic childhood and a difficult adulthood, and living ...more
Anyone who has read Simon Van Booy's two previous novels or exquisite short stories will know his style. Short declarative sentences, with few subsidiary clauses; adjectives and adverbs serving a precise purpose or omitted entirely; few Latinate words. Not everyone will like it; it is language stripped to its bare essentials. I find it refreshing though: clear cool water on a hot day. Here is how this latest book begins:
Harvey was born in a redbrick hospital on a hill. It was...more
Sooooo, I picked up this ARC off of Edelweiss based solely on the fact that I loved that first book so much.
I wann ...more
I had the pleasure of attending Van Booy's reading at Politics and Prose last week, and I was struck by several things: ...more
The novel opens as Harvey, a little girl, is remembering scenes around her as a very young girl. Then we jump twenty years ahead into the future when Harvey at age 26 is living in Paris, and planning a special week of activities for her father, who is coming to visit her over Father's Day. Harvey has a box of gifts that symbolize some important moment in their lives together. ...more
The meat of the st ...more
A quiet non-traditional story about a father’s love for his daughter.
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Harvey is just a young girl when her parents are killed in an accident. After the accident, Harvey is placed with Jason, her uncle, who was recently released from prison for a crime he committed as a teen. The two have a lot to learn and with the help of his social worker, Jason learns that fathers aren’t perfect and that the love of a child is something you have to hold dear.
I really enjoyed this ...more
Father’s Day is an adult contemporary book about a young girl Harvey, who when her parents tragically die in a car accident is taken in (much to his surprise) by her estranged uncle. And that’s basically all that I am willing to say about the plot other than what you read in the description above bec ...more
As I started to read the book, I was a bit dismayed to find it began in a very 'American' style - not usually one of my favourite styles. However, as I read it, I found myself getting drawn more and more into the story. I enjoyed the looking back and then up to date and how the lives intertwined with Harvey's. One small criticism is that I didn't always know what age Harvey had reached - was she still playing wit ...more
.. the best years of her father's life had only been the beginning of hers .pg 28.
He should have tried to enjoy things more -marveling at the finality of moments he now recognized as happiness .38.
MEMORIES hold our lives in place but weigh nothing and cannot be seen ...more
I liked the people who inhabit this story and enjoyed exploring Paris and their past with them.
We learn that when Harvey was 6-years-old, a traumatic event changes her life dramatically. She goes back to her childhood, one of a good life with parents who loved her, but then the next day, she discovers both of her paren ...more
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