An intriguing novel of parents and their children, Patrick Greene’s Progeny follows two dysfunctional families and their interactions as reclusive author Owen Sterling brings his eleven-year-old son to stay with him in the woods. The son, brought up by his mother after the parents separate, presents himself as a mystery to his father. Meanwhile other fathers prove mysterious to their sons, and all are wrapped in the overarching mystery of Indian tribal lands where Owen lives and Zane Carver longs to turn his teenager into a hunter.
When Zane and his friends discover the secret of Owen’s forest, quiet mystery gives way to fast and scary action, even horror, while love struggles to reveal itself behind a veneer of self-image and self-respect. I really enjoyed the characters in this tale and longed for more honest communication, even while holding my breath in hopes the best men might survive. And I enjoyed the non-human characters too, mourned the dog and recognized honest respect in the “other” whose progeny fuels the story’s disaster.
I’d love to see this novel made into a film. I really enjoyed it.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be given a free ecopy of this novel when it was released. I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.