I was inspired to read this after I saw that it received rave reviews from two (former) Gordon professors that I remembered and admired.
"All of O'Brien's large and human soul is in this book as in none of his shorter ones: father, Catholic, Russophile, Canadian, personalist, artist, storyteller, romantic. There is not one boring or superfluous page. When you finish The Father's Tale you will say of it what Tolkien said of The Lord of the Rings: it has one fault: it is too short. A thousand pages of Michael O'Brien is like a thousand sunrises: who's complaining?" --Peter Kreeft, Ph.D.
This is an epic story of a prodigal and the depth of his father's love. The father makes a long and arduous journey in search of his son. The story spans several continents and explores the horizons of foreign lands and the horizons of the soul. The father, an introvert, who loves books and solitude, finds his faith stretched and tried as he seeks to find that which he lost.