Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

The Grace of the Gingko Book Cover The Grace of the Gingko
Michael R. Hardesty
General fiction
Old Stone Press
January 29, 2016

In The Grace of the Gingko, author Michael R. Hardesty gives us an all-too-human protagonist in David Foley. Post-divorced, David raises his boy alone. When his son is killed during the Gulf War, he moves to Louisville, Kentucky to be near his only remaining family, his pregnant daughter-in-law. When she dies during childbirth, David finds himself guardian of a newborn. Like many grandparents today, he becomes a parent for the second time and raises his now-orphaned granddaughter. Frequently David juggles the responsibilities of parenting better than he handles his aging body and his social and sexual needs. Somehow he surrounds himself with an all-star cast of friends and family for support.

This is a poignant, moving narrative about beating one’s past, understanding one’s present, and confronting one’s place in the universe. Hardesty guides the reader with a deft hand through Foley’s raging internal battles waged between his coarseness and his urbanity, his temper and his equanimity, his Catholic upbringing and his professed atheism. Definitely a five-star read.

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