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Why You Should Read The Father’s Tale This Summer

We invited the authors and publishers of our Catholic summer reading selections to send us short posts explaining why their titles were worthy of your time this summer. If you haven’t already voted on your top three selections, go do that now.

Ignatius Press recommends The Father’s Tale for your summer enjoyment. Here’s why:

Michael O’Brien’s novels have always been ambitious, blending a deeply spiritual worldview with elements of thrilling action and drama. His newest novel is no exception. Ignatius Press publisher Fr. Joseph Fessio calls this “The best of Michael O’Brien’s novels” and says, “I believe this novel will merit inclusion in any list of the world’s greatest novels.” Bestselling Catholic author Thomas Howard saus that “Michael O’Brien’s achievement here is, I think, titanic.”

So how to describe this book? The author calls The Father’s Tale a modern retelling of the parables of The Good Shepherd and the Prodigal Son.  An ordinary Canadian bookseller named Alex Graham is living a quiet life when his college-aged son mysteriously disappears. Has he been kidnapped? Has he been brainwashed by a cult? With little information and even less in the way of resources, Alex begins a long journey across the globe in search of his lost son.

If you are looking for a summer read that offers more than just escapism and superficial thrills, The Father’s Tale is the book for you.

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