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Personal and Poignant But Lacking
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2013
Personal and poignant, but lacking. This is how I best describe Miller's odyssey into understanding what it is like to live without a father in "Father Fiction". I decided to read this book because the book description really hit home with me. My father abandoned me when I was 16 years old. That was almost 30 years ago and I had never seen him ever since. I later found out he died several years ago due to cancer. What was done was done. Forgiven.
While much of what Miller describes in this book resonated with me, there seemed at times a lot of rambling on. There were a few chapters that I had to literally skim through because they didn't really apply to me or just seemed a bit irrelevant and contrived. Miller, being a single, seems to have written this book primarily, but not exclusively, for young single men coming to terms with their fatherless history. Nevertheless, there was some good stuff that applied to me as a married man with children. Without spoiling the book, I will say the last two chapters were the most personal and profound. Here he talks about forgiveness and empathy in detail culminating in a great ending. I give this book a 3-star rating. I liked it, but there did seem to be a lot of irrelevancy and rambling on. It left me with a feeling of wanting more. I guess I was looking for more practicality and didn't seem to find it in this book. Nevertheless, I recommend this book for young men who were abandoned by their own fathers and are seeking to relate with other like-minded men.