The Grannus Musings book club met on Wednesday 27th May to discuss “My Father’s House” by Bethany Dawson. This is the author’s first published novel where she lays bare the story of a broken family gathering to support a dying father. The dying man had tried and failed to run a successful small farm in the face of competition in the face of changing world markets, had sought solace in alcohol while retreating from his wife and family. The tragic effects of the domestic disharmony and the bids for freedom by his son and his wife are examined in the backdrop of the troubled society that was Northern Ireland in the late twentieth century. A different picture of the father as a young man is only revealed at his funeral and the reader is left to ponder how a change in circumstances can have a devastating effect on family relationships with fracture lines running into succeeding generations.