Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
In Kevin Brennan’s newest novel, Town Father, Henry O’Farrell arrives in the all-female town of Hestia to fulfill the role of “Town Commissioner”.
Brennan does a superb job of storytelling in the book, making a somewhat implausible idea of an all-female town believable and authentic. This is an intriguing concept, but more provocative is how Brennan weaves thought-provoking themes within this framework. Brennan reveals Henry’s own character against that of what the women believe men to be. Another larger theme is ideas about societies and societal structure. Is societal structure really morally and philosophically-based, or it is pragmatic to its core? Can a society really be devoid of individual self-interest?
In addition to creating such a thought-provoking book, the story intrigues and delights. Wonderful description of architecture, landscape, and amusing characters merge with creative, entertaining phrases (“ravens of truth”), and some hilarious scenarios. (asthma attack?)
Later in the book, the women’s idealism is in sharp contrast to their utter hypocrisy when one of the women becomes pregnant by one a traveling circus man and is driven out of town. The town had used the guise of a place for “women in trouble”, but had no use for one of their own in such a state.
(Spoiler alert!) Most stunning is Henry’s character, revealed clearly at the end to prove how Hestia was not the answer and created less responsibility, not more.
I loved this book! It’s Kevin Brennan’s best yet!!
You can buy Town Father for $7.99 now (but those in the know will wait till Valentine’s Day weekend…)