Almost a Family: A Memoir by John Darnton

By John Darnton

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and best-selling writer: a superbly crafted memoir of his lifelong chase after his father’s shadow.

John used to be 11 months outdated whilst his father, Barney Darnton—a battle correspondent for The long island Times—was killed in global conflict II, yet his absence left a extra profound imprint at the kinfolk than any residing father may have. John’s mom, a well known Times reporter and editor, attempted to maintain alive the dream of elevating her sons in excellent atmosphere. while that proved very unlikely, she collapsed emotionally and bodily. yet alongside the best way she created one of these strong fantasy of the father-hero who gave his lifestyles for his family members, state, and the fourth property that John his footsteps into an identical newsroom.

Decades after his father’s demise, John and his brother, the historian Robert Darnton, begun digging into the earlier to discover the reality approximately their mom and dad. to find who the real-life Barney Darnton was—and partly who he himself is—John delves into turn-of-the-century farm existence in Michigan, the anything-goes Jazz Age in Greenwich Village, the lives of hard-drinking conflict correspondents within the Pacific theater, and the apprehensive loneliness of the McCarthy years in Washington, D.C. He ends his quest on a seashore in Papua New Guinea, the place he learns approximately his father’s final moments from an elderly villager who by no means forgot what he observed sixty-five years prior.

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