In Simon Van Booy’s Father’s Day, after a catastrophic loss, six-year-old Harvey 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. Van Booy implores a 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, and how they come together as father and daughter.
Ultimately 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.
Harper Academic recently sat down to speak with Van Booy about the book and the journey the characters make. You can listen to that here: https://soundcloud.com/user-639387857/simon-van-booy
Father’s Day is now available in paperback from Harper Perennial. Make sure to snag a copy for your dad today!