When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk about the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood (Paperback)

22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk about the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood

By Brian Gresko

Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425269244, 276pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

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From some of today's most critically acclaimed writers including Dennis Lehane, Justin Cronin, Andre Dubus III, and Benjamin Percy comes a rich collection of essays on what it means to be a dad.


Becoming a father can be one of the most profoundly terrifying, exhilarating, life-changing occasions in a man's life. Now 22 of today's masterful writers get straight to the heart of modern fatherhood in this incomparable collection of thought-provoking essays. From making that ultimate decision to have a kid to making it through the birth to tangling with a toddler mid-tantrum, and eventually letting a teen loose in the world, these fathers explore every facet of fatherhood and show how being a father changed the way they saw the world and themselves.
One of the first things I learned about fatherhood was that my father was right: it was hard and it kicked the shit out of your life plan. Lev Grossman
I wanted to hold him. I wanted to hold him close and never let go. But we have to let go, don t we? Andre Dubus III

Bridges are engineered. Children are worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and almost religious faith in trial and error. Ben Greenman
If you counted up the nights I ve spent dancing to Strangers in the Night, those hours would stretch three times around the equator. Garth Stein
The most surprising aspect of parenting has been how much my pre-parenting life looks like a cloud in the rearview. Dennis Lehane

Contributors include
Andre Aciman, Chris Bachelder, David Bezmozgis, Justin Cronin, Peter Ho Davies, Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Steve Edwards, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Ben Greenman, Lev Grossman, Dennis Lehane, Bruce Machart, Rick Moody, Stephen O Connor, Benjamin Percy, Bob Smith, Frederick Reiken, Marco Roth, Matthew Specktor, Garth Stein, and Alexi Zentner



About the Author

Brian Gresko is a stay-at-home dad and writer based in Brooklyn. His essays and journalism have appeared on the Huffington Post, Salon, TheAtlantic.com, the Daily Beast, the Paris Review Daily, the Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among numerous other publications. He has also contributed to Glimmer Train and Slice magazine. He keeps a daily column about dads for Babble and is currently at work on a novel.
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