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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Hainey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1964 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.michaelhainey.com/
-- Michael Hainey on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=michael+hainey


Illinois Connection

Michael Hainey was born in Chicago and lives in Manhattan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael has been working in magazines for more than twenty-five years, as a writer and editor. Currently, he is the Deputy Editor of GQ. He has also sold fruits and vegetables; worked on a road-repair crew; washed dishes; cooked in a cafeteria; and sold men's clothes.


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Titles At Your Library

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
ISBN: 1451676565

Scribner. 2013

A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death—a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are.

Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family—and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father’s age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died “after visiting friends,” the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael’s all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity—and a steely determination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father’s buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he’d imagined with the one he comes to know—and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother.

A stirring portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets, After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists.


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