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My Father’s House

Published Date: September 22, 2020

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“My Father’s House” has recently been recognized as a finalist in the “New Generation INDIE Book Awards.”

In the year 1910, at age twenty, Karl Artur Johan Gustafsson leaves Sweden to follow his older siblings to America. Renamed “Carl Arthur Gustafson” at Ellis Island, he begins a new life in Forestville/Bristol Connecticut where he falls in love with and marries Jennie Anderson. Together they build their “house,” guiding their family through the rapidly changing events of the 20th century. In this multi-layered, multiple-generational story, their third child takes her readers on a journey through WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, changing technologies, changing roles, and the tumultuous sixties and seventies.


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Read the reviews from The Bristol Press and from the Sun Sailor!


Excerpt from The Bristol Press:


Mona Gustafson [Affinito]’s book, “My Father’s House,” provides a window into the past, chronicling her Swedish immigrant family’s life in Forestville from 1910 through the 1970s.


Gustafson [Affinito], who was born in 1929, lived in Forestville until she was 27 years old and fondly remembers the experience.


“I feel a lot of gratitude to have grown up in Forestville; I was very fortunate,” Gustafson [Affinito] said. “How many people can say that they spent so much of their life growing up in one home, sharing a backyard with their best friends and walking to school every day? I lived in that home until I got married at 27 and I visited it again with my parents when I became pregnant with my son in 1957. But, while the house is still standing and has an interesting history itself, the title ‘My Father’s House’ is more house in a Biblical sense. It is referring to my father’s family.”


Excerpt from the Sun Sailor:


Mona Gustafson [Affinito], 91, is a resident of the Waters of Excelsior. While some people spent their time bored in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was busy publishing two books.


Gustafson [Affinito] has written books on forgiveness as a psychologist and a book on the fictional life story of the biblical Job’s wife. Since COVID-19 began, she has published “My Father’s House” and “This Sucks! I Want to Live.”


Gustafson [Affinito] felt the urge to write “My Father’s House,” which is the story of her family’s life in the form of a novel. She had spent years researching the book. Her sister was worried that she wouldn’t portray their father well, but according to Gustafson [Affinito], that would be difficult to do because he was a very special man.


Reviews (8)


  1. Leelah Saachi December 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm .


    At the end of the book, I thought that if Metro Golden Meyer hooked this, it would be a block buster. The characters are lovingly and distinctly portrayed with all their strengths and foibles, and their development through times of war, depression and into the seventies. I grew fond of Father Carl – born in 1880 and emigrating from Sweden 1910.

    For this Norwegian reviewer it was overwhelming to try to remember all the names of the characters – but still I found myself reading in bed at 04 am, wondering about how Jennie and the family would cope with her “sensibilities” – I will not tell the readers how that went. Among the clear descriptions of life in these times,It was such a clear and loving tale of how too much consideration can devastate a persons life. “Let’s not borrow trouble” was the fathers adage, it seems the family adapted it too – as we humans do, with grave consequences.

    Mona’s professorate in Psychology and her interventions created a strong and dramatic change in the family – the last chapters were a great eye-opener of what happens when the cat in the sac gets out – and the fresh new air pours in.

    4 stars – reflecting the bit overwhelming number of names and relationships.
    I feel well fed after reading it.
    And grateful

    Leelah Saachi


  2. Judy Gunther December 18, 2020 at 2:21 pm .

    I found “My Father’s House, by Mona Gustafson to be an honest and, sometimes profound, look at the complexities of family ancestors, and the following generations as they come to America from their native Sweden.

    Their story was a catalyst for me in my observation of my family as they immigrated from Ireland, Scotland and Germany holding fast to cultural traditions, faith and a strong value system. How they all emerge as individuals in a new and changing world is quite a reward to the reader from this gifted author.

    Judy Gunther December 2020

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