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Published by Harper on April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Literature & Fiction
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The moving story of an orphaned girl named Harvey and the troubled uncle who raises her—an unforgettable tale of loss and redemption from the author of The Illusion of Separateness
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 living relative: her uncle Jason, a disabled felon with a violent past and a criminal record. Despite his limitations—and his resistance—Wanda follows a hunch and cajoles Jason into becoming her legal guardian, convinced that each may be the other’s last chance.
Moving between past and present, Father’s Day weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood and her life as a young woman in Paris, as she awaits her uncle’s arrival for a Father’s Day visit. To mark the occasion, Harvey has planned a series of gifts for Jason—all leading to a revelation she believes will only deepen their bond.
Father’s Day is a modern day tale of love, family and what truly holds two people together. A tale that examines the past along with the present in a way that showcases each character and their inner thoughts. Harvey was raised by her uncle, Jason, after her parents death when she was six. They are now reuniting in Paris where Harvey has been working for two years. Harvey has discovered the family secret and with each day will come closer to speaking to Jason about it.
The plot of Father’s Day is simple and sweet with a very straightforward premise.The writing of Simon Van Booy was great, very clean with few extras and no flowery language. The pacing was a bit confusing as it went back and forth between time periods with little explanation. The world built was a bit lacking, as the straightforward language used left little room for description. This was surprisingly emotional considering the lack of descriptors. The entire tale is set to reach the end, which is full of emotion. There were really only two characters at the heart of the story, Harvey and Jason. They were the center around which everything else rotated. They were both successful characters and worked within the scope.
I enjoyed Father’s Day as it was a quick read with nice writing. However the ending was so very schmaltzy it almost hurt. I liked that Simon Van Booy used his words very carefully and every sentence had a place and a purpose. Father’s Day was a book I am glad I had a chance to read, but it is not one I will re-visit.
Favorite lines – In Jason’s mind, it’s like the end of a movie, with music and wide shots as people in the crowd leap to their feet, whistle with two fingers, and toss the flat, rented graduation hats high in the air, screaming and holding on to each other’s bodies, as the mottled lockers and empty classrooms, uneaten sandwiches and scribbled yearbooks retreat, unacknowledged, to that flickering, unattainable country of childhood.
Biggest cliché – Everything is just perfect.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge