Complicated Fathers in Literature

Sometimes dads just don’t fit the bill, and these characters can relate.

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  • Photo Credit: The Great Santini, 1979, Bing Crosby Productions
The Great Santini

The Great Santini

By Pat Conroy

Penmarric

Penmarric

By Susan Howatch

The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

By Christina Stead

Under the Dog Star

Under the Dog Star

By Joseph Caldwell

Home from the Hill

Home from the Hill

By William Humphrey

Carriage Trade

Carriage Trade

By Stephen Birmingham

Damage

Damage

By Josephine Hart

Household Saints

Household Saints

By Francine Prose

The Condor Passes

The Condor Passes

By Shirley Ann Grau

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

By Michael Chabon