Titel: Chasing the Hawk: Looking for My Father, ...
Verlag: Delacorte Press
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“I have always chased my father, chased after his love, chased him through his many changes.
I chased him even when I thought I was running in the other direction.
Today, even though he is gone, I chase him still.
I know he is the key to my freedom.”
To runners around the world, Dr. George Sheehan, author of the landmark New York Times bestseller Running and Being, was nothing short of a guru — the country’s “greatest philosopher of sport.”
But to his son Andrew, who had spent his entire boyhood longing for the attention and approval of an emotionally distant father, he was an incomprehensible paradox: a lifelong loner, who was now sunning himself in the spotlight of the nation’s press; a hero to millions, who seemed to have no time for his own son.
The events that transformed George Sheehan from doctor to family man to bestselling author and media magnet began at the depths of what we would now call a midlife crisis, when he rediscovered an old love — running.
Twenty-five years after his days on a high school cross-country team, he remembered how running made him feel free, and began beating a solitary path down his suburban streets. With running as his new religion, the formerly quiet, withdrawn man became an unlikely evangelist, converting a sedentary nation to the theology of fitness, and in the process becoming an internationally known figure.
But the freedom he found in running was not enough, and one day he left his family, having decided that life was “an experiment of one,” and it was time for him to start living it.
Angry and disillusioned after years of enduring his father’s self-absorption, and hurt by his apparent indifference, Andrew had long since begun the search for his own version of freedom, looking first to drugs and later to alcohol. By his twenties he was a confirmed alcoholic. By his thirties his marriage had fallen apart and he was drinking more heavily than ever.
It was at that moment that his father threw him a lifeline. Although he was struggling with the cancer that would eventually end his life, Dr. Sheehan was the first to notice his son’s pain, and to reach out to him.
In this stunningly candid book, Andrew Sheehan describes the process through which these two men carefully and lovingly rebuilt their relationship. And in the effort to understand and forgive the dark side of his father’s psyche, Andrew shows how he came to understand, and to transcend, his own.
A gracefully written paean to the healing power of forgiveness, a memoir that will resonate with any “fallible” parent or child, Chasing the Hawk traces the arduous steps that carry father and son down the hard road to resolution, healing, and love.
“Unblinking honesty is the hallmark of journalist Sheehan’s searing examination of his demons, of his father and of their joint redemption. ... Years of repressed knowledge emerge with startling eloquence at unexpected moments ... Sheehan’s intense and lyrical writing leads readers to appreciate not only the intricate interdependence in the Sheehan household but also the force of will necessary to break patterns that imprisoned them for decades.”
— Publishers Weekly
Praise for Chasing the Hawk:
“This is a thank-you note to Andrew Sheehan for putting down the glass and taking up the pen to write his story, Chasing the Hawk. Yes, it’s an old story — drink and recovery from drink, loss of faith and recovery of faith. The ingredients are Irish and Catholic — the American variety — but the writing is fresh and clean as a Hail Mary pass.”
— Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize—winning author of Angela’s Ashes
“This book is so profound and moving that it would bring tears to a statue. Sheehan is a man who drank and sank and resurfaced to find and finally embrace his distant, dying father. A triumphant love story with victory over alcohol, over anger, over depression, over self. This book is for those who have loved and lost and for those who have loved and won.”
— Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
“A smart, tough, beautifully written love story of a father and son, one drunk on fame, the other enraptured by drink. Their missed connections are heartbreaking, their final reunion and forgiveness inspiring.”
— Robert Lipsyte, New York Times columnist and author of In the Country of Illness
“Sheehan has a painful story to tell — about missed connections, fallible parents, the currents of rage and longing that both separate and bind family members — and he tells it beautifully, with grace and insight and unflinching honesty.”
— Caroline Knapp, author of Drinking: A Love Story
“Andrew Sheehan's Chasing the Hawk is a courageously candid account of a son's relationship with his father. A uniquely individual story, written with clarity and grace, it is also a moving reflection on the universal struggle to reconcile truth and love. This is a book that should be read by every father, and every son, and every person who wishes to understand how human frailty and failure can be transformed by honesty, forgiveness and hope. It is one of those rare books that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
— Peter Quinn, author of Banished Children of Eve
“A truly beautiful book ... Sheehan has gone straight to the heart of the matter and has written one of the best fatherson books ever.”
— Lewis Nordan, author of Boy With Loaded Gun: A Memoir
“Andrew Sheehan’s writing sparkles with the pain and beauty of truth. Chasing the Hawk is a love story that ebbs with gentle complexity before crashing head-long against the rocky shores of fathers and sons.”
— Marc Parent, author of Turning Stones: My Days and Nights With Children at Risk
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