Read an Excerpt from After Visiting Friends, a Memoir by GQ’s Michael Hainey
Original story at Vanity Fair• 3 mentions • 1 year ago
Vanity Fair 1 year ago
After Visiting Friends, a powerful new memoir by GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey, paints the wrenching portrait of a family steeped in silence after the mysterious death of Hainey’s father, a Chicago newspaperman. Obituaries reported that he had simply died “after visiting friends.” But as an adult, Hainey sought to uncover the story behind his father’s passing, teasing the truth from a tangled network of relatives and his father’s friends. In this excerpt, Hainey, who began his literary career at Spy magazine under Vanity Fair’s editor, Graydon Carter, narrates the tense and secretive mother/son dynamic he is forced to navigate in the wake of a terrible loss.Excerpted from After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story. Copyright © 2013 by Michael Hainey. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.You are being raised by a single mother. You are growing up in a house where silence is the rule. Still, you can’t help yourself. There are times you forget the rule, times when you want to ask a question. About him. About life. About her. And your mother always answers your questions with the same question: “Michael,” she’d say, “remember the last scene?”From the time you are a small boy, she has drilled this scene into you. Some kids, their parents make them study the Bible, learn piano. Speak a foreign language. You—you’re taught The Godfather.