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Dad: A Novel

Wharton, William

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ISBN 10: 0394510976 / ISBN 13: 9780394510972
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1981
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Read once, by me. Signed by the reclusive Mr. Wharton after I saw him give a talk at the Boston Public Library, during which he broke down and cried because he was telling the story of his daughter's traffic related death. Very powerful and moving. Bookseller Inventory # 001534

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Title: Dad: A Novel

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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William Wharton's extraordinary novel is the story of a man and his father. It is also the story of the same man and his son. Through the boy Billy we learn of Jack the father; through Jack we learn of his own unforgettable Dad. Dad, who long ago handed over the running of his life to his domineering wife, starts an amazing transformation when she is hospitalised after a heart attack; he suddenly finds freedom once more, and with it his old true self, mischievous and strong. Brilliantly capturing the relationship between sons and fathers with humour and poignancy, Dad is a story of the love that binds generations of fathers and sons. (2001-07-30)

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‘This is a great American novel’ Philadelphia Inquirer

William Wharton’s extraordinary novel is the story of a man and his father. It is also the story of the same man and his son. Through the boy Billy we learn of Jack the father; through Jack we learn of his own unforgettable Dad. Dad, who long ago handed over the running of his life to his domineering wife, starts an amazing transformation when she is hospitalised after a heart attack; he suddenly finds freedom once more, and with it his old true self, mischievous and strong.

Brilliantly capturing the relationship between sons and fathers with humour and poignancy, Dad is a story of the love that binds generations of fathers and sons.

‘William Wharton is quite exceptionally gifted’ John Fowles

'Brilliantly constructed, immediate and moving, funny and finally deeply cathartic' San Francisco Chronicle

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