The Good Father by Noah Hawley
A Novel

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10 Critic Reviews

The novel ultimately becomes as much about a father’s quest for meaning and understanding as about a son’s political and social alienation—and Hawley delivers on the complex psychology of father-son relationships.
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Synopsis

An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.
 
As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. 
    
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
    
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.
 

About Noah Hawley

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NOAH HAWLEY is an author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published three previous novels, conceived and run two network television shows, and written one feature film. Before creating his own shows, he was a writer and producer for the hit show Bones on FOX. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Anchor. 317 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 05 2012

The novel ultimately becomes as much about a father’s quest for meaning and understanding as about a son’s political and social alienation—and Hawley delivers on the complex psychology of father-son relationships.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Dean Murphy on Apr 06 2012

This dark and brooding novel is likely to keep replaying in readers’ minds.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Peter Stanford on Mar 28 2012

...curious but beguiling mixture of fact and fiction,

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by James Kidd on Apr 01 2012

This is where The Good Father packs its considerable emotional punch... Male readers: get your hankies at the ready.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Sam Parker on Mar 30 2012

...the signs are that it will be very successful indeed... The plot may be all Hollywood, but the prose has all the qualities of modern literary classic.

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Worcester News

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Major on Mar 29 2012

A solid, gripping story that is as clever as it is bold, stripping down the paternal relationship to uncover the complex people beneath.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Jen Karsbaek on Apr 16 2012

The Good Father is an enormously affecting and engrossing story about parenthood and the ways we can never truly know one another.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Arlene Mckanic

In the background of Hawley's heartbreaking book, the reader senses the anxiety of a class of people who believed that their lives were predictable and comfortable, only to find those lives suddenly and inexplicably upended.

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The Bibliomouse Blog

Good
Apr 06 2012

A page-turner, told with great honesty and humanity.

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The Online Librarian

Good
Mar 02 2012

...this book is deeper than a traditional suspense novel. This is more a book about a father coming to understand his son, and the son coming to understand himself.

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