By Greg Olear
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Hardcover, 9780062059710, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
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A day in the life of a dad on the brink: Josh Lanskysecond-rate screenwriter, fledgling freelancer, and stay-at-home dad of two preschoolershas held everything together while his wife is away on business . . . until this mornings playdate, when he finds out through the mommy grapevine that she might be having an affair. What Josh needs is a break. Hes not going to get one.
Greg Olear is the senior editor of the lit blog The Nervous Breakdown and the author of the novel Totally Killer. His work has appeared in therumpus.net, Babble.com, themillions.com, Chronogram, and Hudson Valley Magazine. A professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College, he lives with his family in New Paltz, New York.
- The book is set in New Paltz, a town in upstate New York. What do you make of New Paltz? Why do you think the author chose to set the book there?
“Fierce and funny”
“Fathermucker is witty, realistic, and charming, replete with a father’s genuine love for his family. An entertaining choice for book clubs members of both genders, particularly those with young children.”
“This brilliantly insightful novel explores the trials of modern fatherhood through one hectic day... Littered with hilariously genuine anecdotes, parental pathos, and a hearty dose of pop culture, this clever, comic, and compassionate novel will appeal to fans of Jim Lindberg and Jonathan Evison.”
“A lively and keenly observed portrait of twenty-first century parenthood.”
“All kinds of funny-raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny…a wonderful novel, capturing in a single manic day the helpless ache of parenthood and the ceaseless flood of popular culture.”
-Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets