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Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids [Paperback]

by Lynne Van Luven, Bruce Gillespie
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January 15, 2009 1894898745 978-1894898744 First
Nobody's Father is a timely collection of poignant and honest essays that explores the international trend which is changing the conventional face of fatherhood. The contributors write of why so many men, from all walks of life and all continents, have chosen to forgo the traditional role of father.While some writers admit they are haunted by feelings of failure to live up to their own fathers' expectations and to carry on the family name, others admit to knowing from an early age that parenthood was not for them and are content with the alternative lives they lead. The contributors are gay and straight, young and old. They are writers and artists, teachers and priests. They are doting uncles and favorite babysitters, each one redefining the role of father. Published as a sequel to the celebrated, Nobody's Mother, Nobody's Father is essential reading for the 21st century.

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About the Author

Lynne Van Luven is an associate professor at the Department of Writing, University of Victoria. She also writes for a variety of national publications and has published three other anthologies of creative non-fiction.Bruce Gillespie is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in a range of newspapers, magazines and web sites. Bruce lives near Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TouchWood Editions; First edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894898745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894898744
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,515,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Gillespie is an award-winning Canadian writer and editor and an assistant professor in the digital media and journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus. He is the editor of "A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships" and was co-editor of the two anthologies "Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption" and "Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids." Bruce is also the editor-in-chief of J-Source.ca, a hub for news, information, and commentary about Canadian journalism.He lives in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

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4.0 out of 5 stars From one of the writers January 27, 2009
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Of course I am biased, I wrote one of the 23 essays, One Day I Will Lie Down Beside You. I naturally had to read the other 22 essays, and they are all good, and some are excellent. 5 of the 23 are from gay men, but others are from men who are happy not having kids, from men who have regrets, and from a few who couldn't have kids. This would be a good anthology for men about to get married, it will help them sort out the issues of whether or not they should or would have kids. Also for gay men, with gay marriage in place, and even some with chances to adopt, you are no longer left out of the loop. As a teacher who has taught many screwed up kids who came from heterosexual parents, no one can convince me that a well balanced gay couple couldn't do a better job.
My essay was different from the others, and I want to thank the editors for allowing me to fully express myself over the course of 2000 words. I am the one that is different, a father who is no longer a father, but is still in some ways a father. My only child, Josh, died from cancer at 16. His courage lives on and you will get glimpses of that from my essay (it was also reprinted in the Toronto Star and now another magazine in Canada is also going to reprint it). It will be hard to read it, but on the other hand, some readers have been incredibly positive in their compliments to me.
It's a very interesting, professional anthology.
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