February 12, 2023

“Exploring Family Dynamics in ‘My Father’s House’: A Reader Review”

Books reviews of My Father’s House by Joseph O’Connor are glowing. This historical novel and literary thriller is set in Vatican City during WWII and based on the true story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty. The story follows the Choir, a group of seven associates who risk their lives to smuggle thousands of Jews and escaped Allied prisoners out of Italy under the Gestapo boss in charge of the area, Obersturmbannführer Paul Hauptmann. The subterfuge they had to use and the threat of danger is ever present, only the heroes here are doing so out of love and faith. O’Connor’s prose is wonderfully descriptive and detailed, bringing the setting and the characters to life. The emotional impact of this novel is also ever present. Chapters tell the story about what happened in 1943, but the details are told through the various points-of-view of members of the choir twenty years later. This allows them to also to share their personal reflections about what happened. My Father’s House is the first book in a new trilogy.

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