After Visiting Friends

Michael Hainey

This haunting story of a son’s quest to grasp the thriller of his father’s demise is “searing and unforgettable…memoir writing at its finest” (San Francisco Chronicle)—a “powerfully affecting” (O, The Oprah Journal) portrait of a household and its legacy of secrets and techniques.

“Household? Secrets and techniques? Typically I feel they’re the identical factor.” So writes Michael Hainey on this unforgettable story of a son’s search to find the decades-old fact about his father’s mysterious demise. Hainey was a boy of six when his father, a vivid and shining star within the glamorous, hard-living world of 1960s Chicago newspapers, died beneath mysterious circumstances. His tragic absence left behind not solely a younger widow and two small sons however questions on household and fact that might obsess Michael for many years.

Years later, Michael undertakes a dangerous journey to uncover the true story about what occurred to his father. Prodding reluctant family members and dealing by means of a community of his father’s previous colleagues, Michael begins to reconcile the daddy he misplaced with the one he involves know. On the coronary heart of his quest is his mom, a lady of braveness and tenacity—and a steely dedication to press on together with her life. A common story of affection and loss and the resilience of household within the face of hardship, After Visiting Pals is the account of a son who goes trying to find his father, and within the journey discovers new love and admiration for his mom.