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Originally published June 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM | Page modified June 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Shelf Talk | Literary fathers and sons

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There are plenty of novels about fathers and sons; our catalog boasts 1,339 entries under the subject “fathers and sons – fiction.” There are many excellent father-son memoirs too, including my own favorites: Fathering Words, poet E. Ethelbert Miller’s eloquent account of the speaking silences between he and his father; The Next Better Place, Michael Keith’s unforgettable account of running away from home, together with his deadbeat dad; and Nick Flynn’s inventive and disarming Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, in which the author is helping out in a homeless shelter when in walks his long lost pa.

No matter how contentious the paternal relationship can be, many fathers and sons sit peacefully enough alongside each other on our library shelves. Here are some of our favorite father and son writing duos...

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