Philip's dad, the former-publican of the Castle
pub in Newark-on-Trent, is dead and his Uncle Alan is making
moves on his mother. To make matters worse, his dead father, who
hangs out with other murdered dads in the parking lot behind the
pub, tells Philip that he was murdered by Uncle Alan, and Philip
must avenge his death before his father's birthday or the latter
will spend the rest of eternity in "The Terrors".
Shakespeare aficionados will have fun recognizing Haig's modern-day counterparts to the Bard's creations, but Haig's work lives and breaths in its own right with freely imagined characters whose lives and destinies are controlled by their own personalities and the setting. After all, it goes without saying that a story revolving around an 11-year-old living in the North of England in the present...
About the Author: Matt Haig's writing has appeared
in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The
Independent, and The Sydney Morning
Herald. The Dead Fathers Club is
his American debut but his second
published novel following The Last
Family in England (2004), a
reworking of Henry IV, Part I from the
point of view of a black Labrador named
Shadow Forest, his first book for children, was published in the UK in May 2007; and in the USA as Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest in June 2007.
His next book for "grown-ups will be The Possession of Mr Cave in May 2008, to be followed by a children's novel called The Runaway Troll.
He now lives in ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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