Sam Halpern, the father from Justin Halpern’s “Sh*t My Dad Says,” will be signing his own novel, “A Far Piece to Canaan: A Novel of Friendship and Redemption,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
In addition to being Justin Halpern’s father, the elder Halpern is also the uncle of local author Eileen Rendahl and of UC Davis Associate Dean Diane Ullman. He has crafted a book that reviewers are calling charming, heartfelt and enthralling.
“Shades of Homer Hickham and Pat Conroy appear in this surprising debut from a dad who inspired a Twitter frenzy,” Kirkus Book Reviews wrote.
In “A Far Piece to Canaan,” celebrated retired professor Samuel Zelinsky reluctantly leaves New Hampshire after his wife’s death to visit a farm in the Kentucky hills where he lived as a child. The son of sharecroppers, Samuel has long since left that life behind — yet now he must reconnect with long-buried memories to fulfill a childhood promise to a friend.
Halpern grew up in rural Kentucky as the son of a sharecropper.