The Sleeping Father Author:Matthew Sharpe A divorced dad of two teenagers inadvertently combines two incompatible antidepressant medications, goes into a coma, has a stroke, and emerges with brain damage. His teenage son and daughter, Chris and Cathy, inherit some money and decide to rehabilitate their father on their own. — The Sleeping Father is about the shift in the way Amer... more »icans think about mental health - from regarding personality as being shaped by one's upbringing to its being shaped by the bloodstream's hormone levels. In focusing on one family in crisis, Sharpe addresses the larger crisis in faith and authority in contemporary American life. Ultimately, this is a weird but wonderful story about two children who, not having an adequate father, decide to make one.« less
A hapless, divorced father of two teenagers slips into a drug-induced coma. This story relates his subsequent rehab as well as the lives of his children and the orbit of people who surround them. Noone in this novel is very likeable, but you still manage to care about them.