Fathers & Fatherhood

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Bright Before Us: a novel / Katie Arnold-Ratliff

Facing the prospect of fatherhood, disillusioned by his fledgling teaching career, and mourning the loss of a fraught former relationship, 25-year-old Francis Mason is a prisoner of his past mistakes. But when his second-grade class discovers a dead body during a field trip to a San Francisco beach, Francis spirals into unbearable grief and all-consuming paranoia.

Surfacing / by Margaret Atwood

A woman’s haunting quest for identity and truth. A nameless narrator travels to an island cabin in Northern Quebec, where she spent her childhood, to search for her missing father. The truth about her own life surfaces, as well as the realization of her essential aloneness, despite the company of others who are unaware of her experiences.

Perfume River: a novel / Robert Olen Butler

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain presents the story of a single North Florida family shaped and overshadowed by the Vietnam War and the estrangements between the fathers, sons and brothers who supported or protested against it.

Pops: fatherhood in pieces / Michael Chabon

Essays inspired by Chabon’s interactions with his four children and his own father illuminate the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood.

The Precious One / Marisa De Los Santos

A tale told in alternating voices traces the collaborative efforts of an estranged millionaire father and the daughter he abandoned 17 years earlier to reconcile and write his memoir.

Winter Street: a novel / Elin Hilderbrand

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

The Last Pilot / Benjamin Johncock

A U.S. Air Force test pilot passes up the chance to become an astronaut after his wife gets pregnant against all odds, and as fatherhood consumes him, a sudden tragedy puts his instincts as a father and as a pilot to the test. 

China Rich Girlfriend: a novel / Kevin Kwan

Feeling incomplete because her unknown birth father cannot walk her down the aisle, Rachel Chu, on the brink of marrying one of Asia’s richest bachelors, is brought into the elite circles of Shanghai by a shocking revelation.

10:04: a novel / Ben Lerner

While enjoying his newfound literary success, the narrator deals with a potentially fatal medical condition and a request to help his best friend conceive a child while living in New York, a city where there are frequent super storms and social unrest.

The Best a Man Can Get: a novel of fatherhood and its discontents / John O’Farrell

Michael Adams escapes the trials of marriage and fatherhood by telling his wife he has to travel for business and living a double life in an apartment with three other young men, spending his days playing computer games while his wife struggles to cope alone.

The Rosie Effect / Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Funny and heartwarming.

Two By Two / Nicholas Sparks

The seemingly charmed life of a Charlotte family man abruptly tumbles around him, leaving him an unemployed single father who embarks on a new reality that tests his skills and emotional resources beyond his imagining.

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