Fathers and Sons
narrative, family relationships, qualitative writing
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This article is written as a personal letter to the author of A Need to Know. The letter responds to the freshness of the narrative writing in the book, its risks and rewards, and questions whether this is a book about “knowing” or about “feeling.” Shame, pain, loneliness, and rage are feelings often felt but not expressed in relationships between fathers and sons, and like many narratives, A Need to Know aspires to truth but can make no claim to it. Narrative is not merely an inheritance; it's also a way of continuing a relationship marked by the silence of death through linking the past to the future, giving one's life a sense of continuity and integrity.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Qualitative Inquiry, v. 14, issue 7, p. 1321-1328
Scholar Commons Citation
Bochner, Arthur P., "Fathers and Sons" (2008). Communication Faculty Publications. 31.