Title: Surviving Goodbye
Author: Morgan Parker
Published Date: August 16th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
In the final hours of her life, Elliot Fitch’s wife confesses that he is not the biological father to their 16-year old daughter.
Surviving Goodbye follows Elliot’s collision course with Fate as he embarks on a journey to locate his daughter’s real father. When Elena, now seventeen years old, announces her unplanned pregnancy and the father’s unwillingness to play a role in their child’s upbringing, Elliot faces an ironic dilemma about the true meaning of parenthood and the roles we play in the lives of others, particularly those we love and who love us in return.
Morgan Parker’s Surviving Goodbye is a deviation in style and topic from his prior novels. I was very pleasantly surprised by his latest book. I am biased in that I generally gravitate to female authors, and there were several times while reading Surviving Goodbye that I thought, “only a guy would write that” or “that’s rather coarsely put”. For example, each time the main character, Elliot Finch, referred to his recently deceased wife as a cheating whore, I was taken aback. However, overall, it was a fabulous read. I was amazed at the sweetness and sentimentality that was written into the story.
Elliot Finch says that he is hunting for his daughter’s biological father for her sake, however, I don’t buy it. He is looking for the man with whom his wife cheated. Throughout the book, I was distracted by my wondering if all men really thought the way that Elliot Finch did in Surviving Goodbye. His comparison of himself to his wife’s former lovers was a bit humorous, and his retrospection of his daughter, Lena, and what she meant to him was very loving and sweet.
I found the premise of the story interesting, but not wholly believable. The plot was very well paced. There were no unnecessary, flowery descriptions, but there was more than adequate description of people and scenes that I was immersed in the lives of the characters while reading. Mr. Parker has done an incredible job of balancing Elliot Finch. Elliot can be sweet, sentimental, protective and thoughtful, and then turn around and make a quintessentially “Men are from Mars” comment. The primary characters are well developed, the secondary characters are in place mostly as a means for Elliot to glean more information on his quest to find Lena’s biological father. The story wraps up nicely after following its twisted path to Elliot’s enlightenment.
Surviving Goodbye by Morgan Parker was a delightful read that I highly recommend.
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