Stories of Fatherhood

Hardcover $16.00

May 13, 2014 | 352 Pages

  • Hardcover $16.00

    May 13, 2014 | 352 Pages


“The earmark of these collections is the quality and range of the stories, and Stories of Fatherhood holds to those standards. . . . Every story is, in its own way, a small masterpiece. . . . The book itself is compact and inexpensive; the literature within is priceless.” —Shelf Awareness

“There are as many different experiences of fatherhood as there are fathers; each experience in this collection examines a different facet, and each is beautiful and poignant, never saccharine or maudlin. . . . The collection is beautifully edited, with a perfect emotional flow from one story to the next. Dip into it gently, taking time to reflect, appreciate, and slowly savor the gems in this treasure.” –San Francisco Book Review

“A geographically, generationally, and stylistically heterogeneous array of stories. Joyce, Nabokov, and Updike are not even the most unlikely brethren in this marvelously diverse collection. . . . A surprising mix, perhaps, but one of the most instructive things about the book is that it proves a meaty theme can bridge the distance between even the most unalike of writers. It turns out that fatherhood is a theme – like war and peace or love and marriage – that everyone has a stake in.” —The Christian Science Monitor

Table Of Contents

Harold Brodkey, “His Son, in His Arms, in Light, Aloft”
Frank O’Connor, “My Oedipus Complex”
Raymond Carver, “Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarets”
Graham Swift, “Gabor”
Ron Carlson, “The H Street Sledding Record”
Andre Dubus, “A Father’s Story”
E. L. Doctorow, “The Writer in the Family”
Vladimir Nabokov, “Christmas”
Ann Packer, “Her Firstborn”
Guy de Maupassant, “Simon’s Father”
James Joyce, “A Little Cloud”
Grace Paley, “Anxiety”
Franz Kafka, “The Judgment”
Katherine Mansfield, “The Daughters of the Late Colonel”
Helen Simpson, “Sorry?”
D. H. Lawrence, “The Christening”
Edith Wharton, “His Father’s Son”
Jim Shepard, “The Mortality of Parents”
John Updike, “My Father’s Tears”
William Maxwell, “The Man Who Lost His Father” 


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