Fathers In Fiction: My Choice of an Exemplary Father

In time for Father’s Day (June 18 this year), My Book Cave is celebrating Fathers In Fiction. These are books in which a father is among the characters who help move a story along. On offer are free eBooks by participating authors and eight gift cards for $10 each.

 

 

For most of us, it’s our mothers (or mother figures) who loom large in our past. Maybe that’s why I used to think—like a few others—that Father’s Day began years after Mother’s Day. But it turns out we’ve been paying homage to fathers since 1908, a year after the first Mother’s Day celebration.

I don’t know how many fiction books out there have fathers as main characters. Often, they play supporting roles.

My choice for one of the most memorable fathers in fiction I read in the last ten years is Monsieur LeBlanc. He is young Marie Laure’s widower father in Anthony Doerr’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel, All the Light We Cannot See, set in France during WW II.

Not only is Monsieur LeBlanc caring, he’s also patient. He does everything he can to help Mary Laure—who loses her sight in childhood—”see” the things that her eyes cannot see because of her blindness. As a result, she’s left with neither time nor cause to engage in self-pity. Marie Laure’s other senses, like hearing and touch, also become more acute than those of most people. Her extraordinary abilities make her alive and may have helped her survive the war.

Think about fathers in fiction who made a lasting impression in you. Then, hop over to My Book Cave to find out how participating authors have portrayed them in their novels. Don’t forget to download the free books. Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Book 3, Between Two Worlds) is among them.

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