Secret Father

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Product Details

Price
$19.99
Publisher
Harper Paperbacks
Publish Date
Pages
344
Dimensions
5.56 X 8.54 X 0.94 inches | 0.93 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780618485352

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About the Author

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar-
in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a
regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

His critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.

Reviews

"Secret Father is very good fiction. It's not so much a spy novel as a suspenseful love story that challenges the conventional wisdom about the Cold War." USA Today

"Fine period thriller." Kirkus Reviews

"A cold war coming-of-age tale that captures both the particular tensions of the era and the universal yearnings of the young.... Carroll, telling the story in flashback through alternating narrators, ratchets the tension nicely while vividly evoking the cold war atmosphere and effectively contrasting the teens' naivete with the East Germans' realpolitik... Page-turning readability... Entertaining popular fiction."

Booklist, ALA

"A beautifully textured exploration of relationships between husbands and wives, parents and sons, friends and lovers. Love, in its harsh and dreadful facets, is portrayed as a powerful force, capable of fusing hearts but also of destroying them. A wonderful bonus is Carroll's re-creation of the 1961 atmosphere and the tense facts of the Cold War in Berlin. The taut drama of history, interlaced with the emotional sagas of these marvelously drawn figures, makes for a very satisfying narrative." Library Journal Starred

"History is what always infuses Carroll's work and what has given all his books an abiding tincture of wisdom.... And this, not the little tragedies of the players, is why Secret Father is affecting." Boston Magazine

"The story's setting is political, its pace that of a thriller, but the memories are often personal -- of widowhood, fatherhood, first love, late love and youthful folly.... Where Carroll distances himself from the run-of-the-mill spy novel, however, is in the emotional journey that accompanies his characters.... The book's epigraph from Dostoyevsky -- "Real love, compared to fantasy, is a harsh and dreadful thing" -- suggests there is no redemption without pain. But the message of "Secret Father" is broader: for nations as for individuals, there can be no imagining the future until the past has been quieted." The New York Times Book Review

"An interesting psychological portrait of father and son...Secret Father holds many secrets, the most revealing of which have nothing to do with plot but with human psychology and world history." The Chicago Tribune

"An uncommonly intelligent espionage story, written with flair... a story of parent-child love, told with quiet wisdom and an undercurrent of deep melancholy."

The Seattle Times

"Gripping and beautifully written, 'Secret Father' is a remarkable evocation of a tumultuous era and of the power that secrets can hold across generations." Bookpage --

"Secret Father is very good fiction. It's not so much a spy novel as a suspenseful love story that challenges the conventional wisdom about the Cold War." -- USA Today

"Fine period thriller." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A cold war coming-of-age tale that captures both the particular tensions of the era and the universal yearnings of the young.... Carroll, telling the story in flashback through alternating narrators, ratchets the tension nicely while vividly evoking the cold war atmosphere and effectively contrasting the teens' naivete with the East Germans' realpolitik... Page-turning readability... Entertaining popular fiction." -- Booklist