Synopses & Reviews
John Tremont, a middle-aged man with a family, is summoned to his mother's bedside after she has suffered a heart attack. When he arrives, he finds her shaken but surviving; it is his father, left alone, who is unable to cope, who begins to fail, to slip away from life. Joined by his nineteen-year-old son, John suddenly becomes enmeshed in the frightening, consuming, endless minutiae of caring for a beloved, dying parent. He also finds himself inescapably confronting his own middle age, jammed between his son's feckless impatience to get on with his life and his father's heartbreaking willingness to let go. A story of the love that binds generations, Dad celebrates the universe of possibilities within every individual life.
A story of the love that binds generations of fathers and sons, Dad celebrates the universe of possibilities within each individual life.
About the Author
William Wharton was born in Philadelphia in 1925. He volunteered for the United States Army and served in France and Germany during World War II. Later in life Wharton returned to France and lived on a houseboat on the Seine. Wharton's first novel, Birdy, won the National Book Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Before his death in 2008 at the age of eighty-two, Wharton published eight novels and three memoirs in the United States.