What a strange and sad little book. I liked this novella, but didn't really love it. I am not quite sure why, though. Mostly because there just seemed like something was missing, or lacking, though I am not exactly sure what it was... The father's character was the focal point of the whole book but he seemed more like a shadow of a man than a real man. Perhaps it was this character flaw that made me feel like there was something lacking in the book... Still, it was a fascinating and engrossing book.
This story takes place in 1979 in an old mill town in Conn. Daniel is 10 and his mom has thrown his dad from the house. His dad comes to his bedroom window at night to offer advice, money and apologies. His mom is having a hard time and refuses to discuss his father coming home. Daniel decides to try to reunite his parents. This is well written and a fast read. It's one of the best narratives i've read about those who are unforgiven, and the effect of this refusal on a child. It's a very moving story.