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Your Father has Something to Tell You: What kind of shadow does a family secret cast over the child? Kindle Edition
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The story moves along at a leisurely pace and eventually reaches a surprising conclusion, and finally a touching end that may leave you teary, but will certainly compel you to think deeply about your own relationship with your parents, about the perils of aging, and about your own mortality. A thought-provoking story that reflects a great deal of insight into family relationships. --Lorraine Cobcroft, Readers' Favorite, 5 star Review
Your Father Has Something to Tell You by Dave Riese is a thought-provoking installment that will evoke deep emotions in you. It has been a while since I read a book that made me cry. This one touched my heart. Dave Riese had a way of pulling closer to the tale with his figurative language and vivid descriptions. Furthermore, he managed to include instances of humor. -- JonesLeeh, Online Book Club
About the Author
After serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, Riese worked at several Boston area companies in computer programing for forty years.
Upon retirement in 2012, he had a long talk with himself: If you want to publish a book, you'd better take writing seriously. He subsequently wrote Echo from Mount Royal, a novel about a young woman's strange courtship in 1951 Montreal.
He and his wife live north of Boston.
- ASIN : B08SJ5Z6S7
- Publisher : Flying Heron Publishing (January 12, 2021)
- Publication date : January 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 9968 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 392 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1732091722
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #486,787 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found the first few chapters dry and full of information I was not sure of what to do with. I am very glad I continued on! Not wanting to give anything away; I felt I knew what the father had never revealed to his son. There were only a few clues along the way. The reveal was handled in an interesting way. Again, not telling anything, but I liked the authors method.
Who should read this book? Those who have, are currently, or will soon be dealing with the aging out and pending death of parents. I have been through the entire process for both of my parents with a 10 year gap between. I feel I have found comfort I didn’t know I was missing and have been moved further down the pathway of grief that I had not known existed. Even though this book is not a memoir the author has given it that feel with certain characteristics of a true to life work of nonfiction. This gets a well done from this reader. I would have no trouble recommending the book to anyone who enjoys a well written good read.
As even the author mentions, it reads very much like a memoir, and I found myself wondering throughout if this was a novel based on his life, although he denies this. If Dave Riese ever does write a memoir, I feel that it will follow this same format exactly!
This crux of the story is how a married man deals with the aging of his mother and father, as they decline in health. Very true-to-life, as he and his wife and sister contemplate how to navigate the intricacies of children becoming the care-givers to their parents. There are a couple of interesting secrets that emerge, but the author treats these matter-of-factly, as do the characters in the book when the secrets emerge. Actually, one of the secrets gave me pause, and caused me to drop the rating a star, only because the characters treated it more nonchalantly than I thought realistic. I agreed with the way the situation was handled overall, but there was less of a surprise factor than I thought would have naturally occurred.
As mentioned above, I thought the book was pleasant, although if I had been 10 years older than I am now, I would have found it immensely depressing, as I would then be closer to the parents' age. I definitely would not want to read it then, knowing how difficult the choices were that the children made.
Three stars, and thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in change for my honest review.
I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley.