Father’s Day isn’t a happy day for everyone—for some people it brings up unresolved and complicated feelings about complicated fathers. Writer Deni Béchard falls into that category. His father was often absent. Even when was he was around, the lessons and advice he imparted to his son weren't always the soundest counsel.
Yet even after his death, Bechard's father remains a magnificent presence in his son's life so many years later.
Béchard is the author of “Cures for Hunger” and “Vandal Love.” His newest book, "Empty Hands, Open Arms," about conservation in the Congo, comes out in October.