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My Father Before Me - A Memoir

Chris Forhan

An award-winning poet offers a multigenerational portrait of an American family - weaving together the lives of his ancestors and his parents and his own coming of age in the '60s and '70s in the wake of his father's suicide - in this superbly written, "fiercely honest" (Nick Flynn) memoir. The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but not mentioned. And on a cold night in 1973, just before Christmas, Forhan's father killed himself in the carport. Forty years later Forhan "bravely considers the way he is and is not his father's son" (Larry Watson), digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes, Forhan shows his family members as both parts and products of their times. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to the Ramones. Marrying the literary scope of memoirists Geoffrey Wolff and J. R. Moehringer with the intensity of family novels like The Corrections and We Are Not Ourselves, My Father Before Me is the kind of epic, immersive memoir that comes along once in a decade.

An award-winning poet offers a multigenerational portrait of an American family - weaving together the lives of his ancestors and his parents and his own coming of age in the '60s and '70s in the wake of his father's suicide - in this superbly written, "fiercely honest" (Nick Flynn) memoir. The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but not mentioned. And on a cold night in 1973, just before Christmas, Forhan's father killed himself in the carport. Forty years later Forhan "bravely considers the way he is and is not his father's son" (Larry Watson), digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes, Forhan shows his family members as both parts and products of their times. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to the Ramones. Marrying the literary scope of memoirists Geoffrey Wolff and J. R. Moehringer with the intensity of family novels like The Corrections and We Are Not Ourselves, My Father Before Me is the kind of epic, immersive memoir that comes along once in a decade.
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An award-winning poet offers a multigenerational portrait of an American family - weaving together the lives of his ancestors and his parents and his own coming of age in the '60s and '70s in the wake of his father's suicide - in this superbly written, "fiercely honest" (Nick Flynn) memoir. The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but not mentioned. And on a cold night in 1973, just before Christmas, Forhan's father killed himself in the carport. Forty years later Forhan "bravely considers the way he is and is not his father's son" (Larry Watson), digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes, Forhan shows his family members as both parts and products of their times. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to the Ramones. Marrying the literary scope of memoirists Geoffrey Wolff and J. R. Moehringer with the intensity of family novels like The Corrections and We Are Not Ourselves, My Father Before Me is the kind of epic, immersive memoir that comes along once in a decade.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

9h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

16:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

18:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

22:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

12:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

14:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

17:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:59