When Abraham Schwartz died he left his son with a perplexing legacy -- the name Tonto. In the Name of the Father is a novel deeply in the American grain that tells the story of the funny and painful transit to manhood accomplished (and endured) by Tonto Schwartz. It's the story of an emotional search for a lost parent and for a way of living. While young Tonto moves forward through successive rites of passage the psychological direction of the novel is backward in time as he struggles to understand the father he never knew. Set on Chicago's tough North Side, In the Name of the Father is a lean and elegant portrait of an American youth, a book about Chicago, Catholic education, first friends, and first loves. Its hero is a young man gifted with passion who fights his way through the grim realities of his life to a remarkable resolution. This is a moving and inspirational story, the debut of a young writer who is an important new voice in American fiction.
Used availability for Tony Ardizzone's In the Name of the Father
October 1978 : USA Hardback