Father's Day: A Novel

Father's Day: A Novel

by Simon Van Booy

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ISBN-13: 9780062408952
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 327,414
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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Father's Day: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent uplifting story about the real meaning of family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Father's Day by Simon Van Booy is a very highly recommended story about a father and daughter that follows two timelines. The novel opens as Harvey, a little girl, is remembering scenes around her as a very young girl. Then we jump twenty years ahead into the future when Harvey at age 26 is living in Paris, and planning a special week of activities for her father, who is coming to visit her over Father's Day. Harvey has a box of gifts that symbolize some important moment in their lives together. The last gift she has will free her father from a secret he's been keeping for years. Harvey's parents were been killed in a car accident when she was six and she ends up living with her father's estranged older brother, Jason. Jason is a disabled ex-con and a recovering alcoholic who has anger management issues. He reluctantly becomes Harvey's father - and rises to the occasion. These chapters follow the building relationship between Jason and Harvey and notes important events in their lives together as Harvey grows up. The alternating present day chapters take place in Paris and follow the father and daughter as they enjoy each others company and Harvey plans special activities for them to enjoy. The affection Harvey feels for Jason is palatable; clearly he has been a great father for her. The alternating chapters telling their story as she grows up show what Jason has done and sacrificed to care for Harvey. She didn't fully comprehend some of the things he did until later, as an adult. Father's Day is a wonderful, emotionally honest, poignant novel about a unique family. And yes, I did shed some tears as I was reading. Jason is trying very hard to be a good father, but, it becomes clear that he perhaps learned how to be a good father from being a good big brother. The bond between Jason and Harvey is as strong as any father/daughter relationship. The two build a relationship and a future. The writing is incredible and perfectly captures the relationship between the two. I loved Van Booy's The Illusion of Separateness and this adoration continues with Father's Day. Again, it feels like each word, each sentence has been very carefully planned. The language and sentences are seemingly simple, but express a world of emotion. (I like the idea that this story is reminiscent of a fable.) This is another thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent novel that you need to savor, as the depth of the relationship between the two slowly unfolds and builds. Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story. Jason and Harvey’s lives could have ended up so incredibly different if they had not have found each other. Harvey is orphaned, Jason is her uncle and together they fit. As clueless as Jason is with raising her he steps up, does the right thing, and makes her have the best life possible. That could have gone so many ways. So many bad ways. Harvey is wise beyond her few years when she loses her parents. She knows only what she has been told and it hasn’t been all good about Uncle Jason, yet she knows that she needs to be with him. I love how she manipulated as only a child can do the system and Wanda to get put in the custody of Jason. Then I love how Jason stepped up and out of his comfort zone to care for her. I giggled, was concerned, and was beyond thrilled with how they meshed together. This is a two part story. It bounces back and forth between the past and Harvey’s youth and the present and her life as a young woman in a foreign country. I was impressed with how Harvey turned out and how Jason has such a huge part in that life and her decisions. My only wish was that the different timeframes were better labeled or given their own chapters. It was not overly confusing but there were a few times that it took a few sentences for me to realize Harvey was a young girl instead of a young woman. Father’s Day is a touching, sweet story that held my attention from the beginning to the end. I definitely recommend picking up your copy today.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Father’s Day is a modern day tale of love, family and what truly holds two people together. A tale that examines the past along with the present in a way that showcases each character and their inner thoughts. Harvey was raised by her uncle, Jason, after her parents death when she was six. They are now reuniting in Paris where Harvey has been working for two years. Harvey has discovered the family secret and with each day will come closer to speaking to Jason about it. The plot of Father’s Day is simple and sweet with a very straightforward premise.The writing of Simon Van Booy was great, very clean with few extras and no flowery language. The pacing was a bit confusing as it went back and forth between time periods with little explanation. The world built was a bit lacking, as the straightforward language used left little room for description. This was surprisingly emotional considering the lack of descriptors. The entire tale is set to reach the end, which is full of emotion. There were really only two characters at the heart of the story, Harvey and Jason. They were the center around which everything else rotated. They were both successful characters and worked within the scope. I enjoyed Father’s Day as it was a quick read with nice writing. However the ending was so very schmaltzy it almost hurt. I liked that Simon Van Booy used his words very carefully and every sentence had a place and a purpose. Father’s Day was a book I am glad I had a chance to read, but it is not one I will re-visit. Original post @ 125Pages.com I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:3 Logan?