"I was glad to see Felix Krull end up in the arms of the mother rather than the daughter "

 Felix Krull is the titular character of the German novel Confessions of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann.  First appearing in a short story written in 1911 but not published until 1936, Mann later expanded the character and his story but did not succeed in completing it before his death in 1955. 

Krull is a conman, and tells his story by describing how he taught himself to deceive and steal from early childhood. He eventually causes the bankruptcy of his family and his father’s suicide.