The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search for His Lost Father

The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search for His Lost Father

by Mark Matousek

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The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search for His Lost Father by Mark Matousek

“A riveting story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—James McBride, The Color of Water
 
“I was four years old when my father came back to kidnap me,” begins this gripping memoir about Matousek’s search for James Matousek, the drifter father he never knew. Described by the New York Times as “part reminiscence, part detective story, part spiritual musing,” this memoir is more than the story of one man’s search for his father; it is also a look at the meaning of life and how fathers contribute to that meaning.

Growing up in a family of troubled women (Matousek’s sister committed suicide when the author was 29), he describes the turmoil of growing up “fatherless in America”—an experience shared by millions of children in what sociologists have called the Age of the Absent Father—and the difficult, ultimately successful, struggle to figure out what being a man really means in an age of shifting definitions and evolving sexuality. With the tension of a mystery story, the climax occurs when Matousek meets a man he believes to be his father. But is he? And does Matousek, who has reconciled with his mother as she lay dying, really care? These are just two questions leading to this memoir’s surprising conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101659212
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,143,509
File size: 415 KB

About the Author

Mark Matousek is the author of two bestselling memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind. A contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, he was a Senior Editor at Interview and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the New York Times MagazineHarper's BazaarDetails, and AARP magazine. Matousek lives in New York City.

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