• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: Harper (April 26, 2016)
“A strong voice full of poetic, timeless grace.”—San Francisco Examiner
When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker, Wanda, and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met—a disabled felon, haunted by a violent act he can’t escape.
Moving between past and present, Father’s Day weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood on Long Island and her life as a young woman in Paris.
Written in raw, spare prose that personifies the characters, this remarkable novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruin of their past.
Father’s Day is a meditation on the quiet, sublime power of compassion and the beauty of simple, everyday things—a breakthrough work from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the human heart.
Happy (almost) Friday everyone :)! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy. I would like to send a HUGE thank you to the author, the publisher Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours for having me on the tour and giving me chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 because I don’t want to give anything away about this book as it was a wonderful read.
When I first started Father’s Day, I wasn’t much a fan of the POV but as I kept reading I got used to it and it definitely drew me in. I started getting into this book in the first chapter and it held my attention all the way through. It was SO hard to put down. As a daddy’s little girl myself, I found this book to be tender and emotional. I absolutely loved it, it enchanted me from start to finish. It’s hard to describe my feelings about this book because it was such an emotional read for me but that in itself is a sign of a great book and one that I will think about for years.
I loved reading about Harvey and Jason and seeing their bond strengthen over the years and through the experiences they shared together both good and bad. After I got used to the POV I came to appreciate it because it gave me a sense of understanding of what both Jason and Harvey were feeling about the other person. Towards the end of the book, I couldn’t help but cry (just read it already!). I loved this book, I thought it was beautiful, tender and just special.
Five stars and a recommendation from me!
About Simon Van Booy
Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.