My Father's Heart: A Son's Journeyby Steve McKee
On an autumn night in 1969, John McKee had a heart attackan event that would end his life, and change his son Steve’s forever. With heart disease being the number one cause of death among Americans, My Father’s Heart is an extraordinary story of an all-too-ordinary scenario: A father dies, a son remains, and the loss casts a long shadow/i>
On an autumn night in 1969, John McKee had a heart attackan event that would end his life, and change his son Steve’s forever. With heart disease being the number one cause of death among Americans, My Father’s Heart is an extraordinary story of an all-too-ordinary scenario: A father dies, a son remains, and the loss casts a long shadow across a generation. Chronicling the disorienting first days following John McKee’s death, this powerful memoir of love, forgiveness, and finding oneself is rich in evocative details of time, place, and family.
At the age of 16, Wall Street Journaleditor McKee (The Call of the Game) watched his 50-year-old father, John, drop dead of a massive heart attack. In this affecting memoir, he uses the trauma as a lens through which to view his family history. Early cardiac arrest was a hereditary constant for McKee's male relatives and an occupational hazard for postwar breadwinners like John, a World War II vet who smoked three packs a day, had a sedentary but hellishly stressful middle-management job and endured his first heart attack at age 44. McKee pens an homage to his father's way of life, with its dutifulness and web of family and community ties, but also a critique of its toll. Reacting against his father's apparent surrender, the author turns his life into a rebellion against the inevitability of heart attack. He eschewed a workaholic career for the creative life and maintained a fanatical fitness regimen-running, rowing, triathlons, all manner of health food diets and nutritional supplements-only to learn in middle age that cardiovascular disease had caught up with him. McKee includes illuminating medical lore about heart attacks and oral histories from survivors. But most of all, he discovers in the most ordinary way to die a perspective on how to live. (Feb. 1)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Steve McKee is an editor on the global copy desk of the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Noreen, and their son, Patrick.
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