Dynamic Dads

Unforgettable fathers from fiction.



To the Lighthouse
By Virginia Woolf

In the form of the imperious philosopher Mr. Ramsay, Virginia Woolf delivers an electrifying, disturbing portrait of her unconventional father, in this story of a family's loss and the birth of a young woman's artistic vision. A winding, skillful introspection on the complexities of family dynamics, To the Lighthouse is Woolf's modernist masterpiece.


The Road
By Cormac McCarthy

This post-apocalyptic tale of a father and son trekking across a ruined America in search of the sea – and friendly survivors  – is well known for its bleak, unflinching scenes of human despair; yet the relationship between "the man" and "the boy" quickly becomes the embodiment of hope. McCarthy's austere, stunning prose details a father's inimitable spirit in the face of utter darkness, and the sacrifices he makes in order to keep his son alive. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


The Dead Father
By Donald Barthelme

"He is insane because when he loved you, you didn't notice." So says the eponymous character, a godlike entity, half-alive and half-dead, being carried by his children to a mysterious destination. Barthelme's allegory of fatherhood explores the many definitions of the role with a strange, poignant wisdom in a tale both wildly funny and thought-provoking.


The Wilding
By Benjamin Percy

In the ancient, disappearing woods of Oregon three generations of Caves -- father, son, and grandson -- go on a final hunting trip before their beloved forest is transformed into a country club. While Justin tried to mend a crumbling relationship with his resentful father, Paul, he aims to give his son Graham a taste of natural adventure -- but the sudden appearance of a deadly natural threat plunges them into nightmare. From the author of Red Moon, a brilliant combination of suspense and father-son drama.


Danny the Champion of the World
By Roald Dahl 

Roald Dahl's gleeful stories usually tell of naughty children getting the better of their clueless parents, yet Danny the Champion of the World is the story of a son and father finding common ground in the insidious art of poaching. Wrecking havoc on an evil pheasant farm owner, Danny and father William's hijinks and brilliant schemes form the backbone of a deeply loving relationship. Reading pleasure for parents and children at any age.


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.