The Father's Tale by Michael O'Brien
A Novel

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Canadian bookseller Alex Graham is a middle-age widower whose quiet life is turned upside down when his college-age son disappears without any explanation or trace of where he has gone. With minimal resources, the father begins a long journey that takes him for the first time away from his safe and orderly world. As he stumbles across the merest thread of a trail, he follows it in blind desperation, and is led step by step on an odyssey that takes him to fascinating places and sometimes to frightening people and perils.

Through the uncertainty and the anguish, the loss and the longing, Graham is pulled into conflicts between nations, as well as the eternal conflict between good and evil. Stretched nearly to the breaking point by the inexplicable suffering he witnesses and experiences, he discovers unexpected sources of strength as he presses onward in the hope of recovering his son--and himself.

 

About Michael O'Brien

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Michael O'Brien, iconographer, painter, and writer, is the popular author of many best-selling novels including Father Elijah, The Father's Tale, Eclipse of the Sun, Sophia House, Theophilos, and Island of the World. His novels have been translated into twelve languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe. He lives in Ontario with his wife, Sheila, and family.
 
Published August 31, 2011 by Ignatius Press. 1077 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Graham’s urgent search and parental grief in the face of a lost child reflects the story’s metanarrative, that is, love of a kind that takes a father (or Heavenly Father) to the ends of the earth to find his child.

Sep 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Father's Tale: A Novel

Patheos

It was as if having satisfactorily reached the last fourth of the book, he felt some compulsion to ratchet up the pace in a way that was completely out of synch with the rest of the book.

Jan 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Father's Tale: A Novel

Catholic News Agency

As the prodigal son returns to his father, he experiences a continual and ongoing recognition of his own sinfulness and of the generosity and love of his father, a love of which he knows he is not worthy.

Jan 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Father's Tale: A Novel

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