Dysfunctional families have existed as long as families have
existed --- period. It is no wonder that OUR FATHERS, the first
novel from Andrew O'Hagan, is the 2001 Booker Prize winner, the
highest order of literary prize bestowed on a writer from the
British Isles. A man named Jamie returns to Scotland from his home
in England because his grandfather, the man with whom he lived
throughout most of his adolescence, is lying on his death bed.
Jamie decides that, having once run out on the old man after he had
taken care of him for years, it is time to say good-bye gracefully
and maturely, and he attempts to do what he can to let the old man
know what he has meant to him. OUR FATHERS is a poetic and at times
majestic look at one man's life as well as the social and political
history of contemporary Scotland.