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Three generations of dads, playing traditional roles in each other's lives, arrive simultaneously at significant crossroads. The decisions they make and the actions they take will directly – and eternally – affect each other.
After a life of hard work and raising children, Robert is enjoying his well-deserved retirement when he discovers that he has an illness he might not be able to beat. At 19, Jonah is sprinting across the threshold of adulthood when he learns, stunningly, that he's going to become a father. And Oliver – Robert's son and Jonah's dad – has entered middle age and is paying its demanding price. While reconciling the time and effort it has taken him to reach an unfulfilling career and an even less satisfying marriage, he realizes that it's imperative that he keep it all together for the two men who mean everything to him.
When different perspectives lead to misunderstandings that remain unspoken – sometimes for years – it takes great strength and even more love to travel beyond the resentment.
Dad: A Novel chronicles the sacred legacy of fatherhood.
“Heartfelt and uplifting, DAD is Steven Manchester at his best. An absorbing story of reconciliation, love, and the ripple effects of the past.”
– Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author, COLD RIVER
“Steven Manchester's DAD is a poignant portrait of fatherhood and the triumphs and tragedies of being a husband, a father, and a son. A must read for men of all ages.”
– Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author, THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL
“Steven Manchester writes with heart. Raw, probing and honest―keep the hankies close.”
– Tanya Anne Crosby, New York Times bestselling author, THE KING'S FAVORITE
“Steven Manchester once again proves he doesn't just tell a good story so much as he paints a vivid, multi layered portrait. Enthralling from its frantic start, and written with all the confidence of a seasoned literary veteran, DAD is both a poignant and inspiring read.”
– Vincent Zandri, New York Times bestselling author, THE GIRL WHO WASN'T THERE and THE REMAINS
“Steven Manchester is a master at understanding the psyches of ordinary American men, and a poet at writing about them. You will reach the end of this book smiling through your tears.”
– Judith Arnold, USA Today bestselling author, THE DADDY SCHOOL and FULL BLOOM
“From a perspective too seldom explored, Steven Manchester offers a sensitive and sympathetic recounting of the significant challenges and rewards of fatherhood through the eyes of three men experiencing its different stages.”
– Donald Hubin, PhD, Chair of National Parents Organization