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My Father's Secret War: A Memoir

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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes a haunting memoir about a daughter's relationship with her distant father and the shocking scars of war he could never reveal.

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"One day, while trying to straighten up her elderly father's apartment, Franks discovered Nazi military paraphernalia, inspiring the Pulitzer-winning reporter and novelist (Wild Apples) to investigate what he really did during the Second World War. The painstaking inquiries are hampered by his reluctance to discuss his work in military intelligence, attached to the navy's Bureau of Ordnance. Some of that reluctance may have to do with the onset of dementia tearing away his memories, but he's also profoundly traumatized by some of his missions. In one moving passage, he is persuaded to describe his experience as one of the first American observers at a liberated concentration camp, every sentence still painful to get out even 50 years later. As Franks perseveres with her questions, she begins to understand how those experiences shaped their disintegrating postwar family life, but she acknowledges how difficult it is to achieve closure with this past, especially when she's afraid to confront the reality of his present condition. Even the most painful moments — as when she throws a particularly harrowing revelation back in her father's face to score revenge for adolescent resentments — are recounted with unflinching honesty as the military history takes a backseat to the powerful family drama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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lfm452, April 10, 2007 (view all comments by lfm452)
This is a winner -- if you read one book all year, make it this.It's a powerful and moving memoir which I read in three days because I couldn't put it down. It helped me deal with my own father, who I hadn't really known as a person and who my wife and I are now caring for. It made things easier to know what he did in the war, his past.
This is a spy story, a father-daughter reconciliation story, and a story about dealing with an aging parent rolled into one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401352264
Author:
Franks, Lucinda
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Spies -- United States.
Subject:
Fathers and daughters -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 21.92 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "One day, while trying to straighten up her elderly father's apartment, Franks discovered Nazi military paraphernalia, inspiring the Pulitzer-winning reporter and novelist (Wild Apples) to investigate what he really did during the Second World War. The painstaking inquiries are hampered by his reluctance to discuss his work in military intelligence, attached to the navy's Bureau of Ordnance. Some of that reluctance may have to do with the onset of dementia tearing away his memories, but he's also profoundly traumatized by some of his missions. In one moving passage, he is persuaded to describe his experience as one of the first American observers at a liberated concentration camp, every sentence still painful to get out even 50 years later. As Franks perseveres with her questions, she begins to understand how those experiences shaped their disintegrating postwar family life, but she acknowledges how difficult it is to achieve closure with this past, especially when she's afraid to confront the reality of his present condition. Even the most painful moments — as when she throws a particularly harrowing revelation back in her father's face to score revenge for adolescent resentments — are recounted with unflinching honesty as the military history takes a backseat to the powerful family drama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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