Title: My Father’s Son: A Memoir by John Davis
Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir
Length: 158 pages
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface)
Publication Date: December 9, 2015
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Rating – 5/5!
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Every family has secrets. Ours were just bigger than others.
“My earliest memory is of a gun.”
That gun was in his father’s hand – and it was pointed at his mother’s head.
John Davis grew up in the 1970s and ’80s on the rough streets of Brooklyn, a place where no one thought twice when parents smacked around their kids-or each other. At the center of the tumultuous neighborhood, and John’s world, was his larger-than-life father, Roberto. The Argentinean butcher and kingpin drug dealer was a sadistic bully whose mercurial temper left a trail of tears and chaos across his family. John, in particular, seemed to bear the brunt of Roberto’s wildly swinging moods. Any wrong word could cause an explosion. Every knock on the door might be one of Roberto’s enemies, or the police.
In his publishing debut, Davis recounts how he spent his childhood in constant terror and his teen years learning to fight back. But it was much later, as an adult, that he learned the most shocking thing of all about his father, his past, and himself. Told with raw honesty and deep emotion, My Father’s Son is a memoir of fear, abuse, survival, and identity.
Good morning everyone! Today I am happy to share with you My Father’s Son: A Memoir written by John Davis. Full disclosure, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to take a moment and thank John Davis for giving me the opportunity to read his memoir.
Obviously I love reading memoirs, so any chance I have to read one or listen to one, I jump at it. I’m fascinated with other people’s life stories – what they have gone through, what they have accomplished, and the life lessons they have learned. More often than not memoirs teach me things about life and ultimately, make me think. This is why I love memoirs so much.
This particular memoir was no different. This memoir is about the author’s childhood, which at times was very very rough and traumatic. My heart hurt reading this and I definitely teared up a few times. My heart was heavy reading some of it but towards the end my heart grew warm. I was also very amazed at the strength of this little boy and then the strength of the teenager and then the man that he grew into. I can’t imagine being in the situations he was in or learning things that he learned, I feel like even just reading this book affected me profoundly. And don’t you think those are the best kind of books?
This memoir was definitely well written and profound. It was vulnerable yet strong. It was a very light read in terms of length for me and that’s probably due to the fact that I couldn’t put it down. I really really enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to anyone who loves memoirs or who is even interested in starting to explore the genre.
Happy Reading everyone!!