Friday, June 07, 2024

Five of the best books about fatherhood

Tom Lamont is an award-winning journalist and one of the founding writers for the Guardian’s Long Reads. He is the interviewer of choice for Adele and Harry Styles, having written in depth about both of these musicians since they first emerged to fame in the 2010s.

Lamont's debut novel is Going Home: A Novel of Boys, Mistakes, and Second Chances.

At the Guardian the writer tagged five favorite books about fatherhood. One title on the list:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Protectiveness. Fear of loss. These are enormous, sun-blocking aspects of parenting. In Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders delves in to the shattering aftermath of the death of a child. In this case the child is a real-life figure, Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie, who died of typhoid fever at a young age. The chapter in which Abraham returns for one last hour in the company of his son’s body is the most devastating I’ve ever read.
Read about another entry on the list.

Lincoln in the Bardo is among Max Barry's five great books that are secretly science fiction, Lit Hub's ten best debut novels of the 2010s, Louise Doughty's ten top ghost stories, Emily Temple's ten wonderful works of literary fantasy, and Kathy Bates's ten best books.

--Marshal Zeringue