Father's Day (Hardcover)
Fathers and daughters share a special bond of love, sealed by memories, ordinary and extraordinary. Harvey's parents died in an automobile accident when she was just six. Her only living relative, Uncle Jason, a man with both a questionable past and living situation, reluctantly becomes her guardian. Small steps, then bigger steps...and as the years pass, Harvey and Jason grow up together, maturing and evolving. Harvey, now an adult, treats Jason to a basket of Father's Day presents, reminding them both of memories from her childhood and the love that binds them. And one final present will seal that bond forever.— From Lynda recommends
May 2016 Indie Next List
“Van Booy's delicate touch is turned to the relationship between orphaned Harvey and her uncle, Jason, a man no one could expect to be the right choice as guardian. Van Booy uses the plot structure of a series of Father's Day gifts given to Jason from the now adult Harvey to reveal more than either of them realized about the life they have shared as adoptive father and daughter, as well as the heartbreaking truth of how they came to be a part of each other's lives. Father's Day is Van Booy at his most poignant, showing how redemption can arise from heartbreaking circumstances.”
— Don Luckham (E), The Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH
When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker, Wanda, and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met--a disabled felon, haunted by a violent past he can't escape.
Moving between past and present, Father's Day weaves together the story of Harvey's childhood on Long Island and her life as a young woman in Paris. Written in raw, spare prose that personifies the characters, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruin of their past.
Father's Day is a meditation on the quiet, sublime power of compassion, and the beauty of simple, everyday things--a breakthrough work from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the human heart.