A Father’s Affair by Karel van Loon

29ae380472f921d3198d544299222929-w204@1xFiction — print. Translated from the Dutch. Canongate Books, 2003. Originally published 1999. 208 pgs. Received from PaperBackSwap.

What happens to the father of a 13-year-old son, when he discovers that he has been infertile all his life? That intriguing question is the starting point of A Father’s Affair. On his quest to discover the biological father of his son, the protagonist, Armin Minderhout, is forced to reconsider everything and everyone he has ever believed in.

A Father’s Affair officially takes the cake for the most messed up plot I’ve ever read. Armin, after finding out there’s no way he could ever be his son’s father, goes on a desperate quest to figure who who it is. Forcing himself to remember every detail of his life with Monika, including his ménage à trios with now girlfriend, Ellen, A Father’s Affair will have you flipping the pages quickly in order to find out whodunit, who is Bo’s father.

But the resulting answer is completely twisted and…sick! Van Loon writes beautifully, but his conclusion and some of Armin’s memories completely turned me off to his book.

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