With Father's Day on the horizon, it seemed like a good time to talk about well, father...in fiction. Or at least it did until I realized I really can't think of that many truly great fathers from the books I read. The most obvious can-not-miss example of a father is, of course, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch was a man everyone (man, woman and child) at their best wants to be. But after Atticus, I came up dry. Why is that?
I found a few lists on the Internet. Here's one. Here's another. This last list reminded me of another book that deals with father/son relations--Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. It is definitely a book centered on how the main character the son lets not wanting to be like his father color everything about his own world. So, while the father isn't "bad" he also isn't "good" or noble like Atticus Finch. He's more true to life in that he is who he is and it's more about the son dealing with that than the father being changed. I have to say I liked that about the book.
But back to the initial question. What books can you think of that deal with father's or feature fathers? I'm sure we could name hundreds where mothers play a major role. Why not fathers?