The Harris Men

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Simon & Schuster, Apr 1, 2000 - Fiction - 336 pages
11 Reviews
RM Johnson's extraordinary debut is a stirring family portrait that resonates with emotion and wit, as a father faces death -- and the three sons he abandoned so many years before.
"Mr. Harris, I'm sorry, but you have cancer." Although devastated to learn he has just one year to live, fifty-five-year-old Julius Harris has always known that the day would come when he would pay for walking out on his wife and three children twenty years earlier. Now, with a sudden and passionate determination to make his family whole again, Julius begins trying to find a way back to his sons.
Caleb, the youngest, struggling to support a son and make his way in a relentless world, couldn't care less about his own absentee father. Middle son Marcus can't abide even his father's memory, which gets in the way of his committing to the one woman who has turned his life around. And Austin, Julius' eldest child, so adores what he remembers of his father that he's following in his footsteps, abandoning his wife and children just as Julius had done.
Inspired by RM Johnson's own fragile family history, The Harris Men is his poignant exploration of the increasing problem of absentee fathers -- and of the compromises made by the families they leave behind. As the Harris men grapple with their fears and their choices, Johnson gets to the very heart of what it means to be a man.

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User Review  - Magda - Goodreads

While I did enjoy the overall plot of this book, I felt like it dragged unnecessarily at many points. It could've been 50-100 pages shorter than it was and still made the point effectively. That is pretty much the only reason why I'm giving it 3 stars. Read full review

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User Review  - Bridget - Goodreads

This book was really good! I can't wait to read the sequal. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
9
Section 3
15
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

R.M. Johnson is the author of nine novels, including bestsellers The Harris Family and The Million Dollar Divorce. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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