Fa­thers by Sam Miller

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Sam Miller, a jour­nal­ist and au­thor, is the son of Karl Miller, the much-ad­mired lit­er­ary ed­i­tor and grand man of let­ters.

The pair en­joyed a close re­la­tion­ship, with a shared love of books, foot­ball and teas­ing jokes.

But af­ter his father’s death, the son be­came com­pelled to ex­plore the great un­spo­ken half­se­cret of his life: his bi­o­log­i­cal father was not ac­tu­ally Karl, but Karl’s great, late friend Tony White.

Some­how, the three adults in this tri­an­gle man­aged to ac­com­mo­date the fact of Sam’s pa­ter­nity with mar­riage and friend­ships re­main­ing in­tact – largely, it of­ten seems, by talk­ing about foot­ball in­stead.

In this book, Sam rem­i­nisces fondly about Karl’s last months, and re­searches more of bi­o­log­i­cal

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