"Harvey is only six when her parents are killed in a car accident. Jason is her only living relation, a gruff loner with a criminal past and a sketchy career. As her uncle, he grudgingly agrees to take her into his less than child-friendly home. This turns out to be the best situation for both of them. Harvey finds a place of love and security, while Jason gets a second chance, and discovers that he can change his own life by caring for someone else. Van Booy’s spare and achingly beautiful prose will engage the reader and affect him or her long after the story is finished." --Sharon— From Sharon's Staff Recommendations
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.