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The Nine Lessons
, April 28, 2009
This review is from: The Nine Lessons: A Novel of Love, Fatherhood, and Second Chances (Hardcover)
Who knew I would like a book about golf so much?
August Witte has been married to Erin for seven years and he is happily childless. That happiness is threatened when Erin announces she is pregnant. She's quite happy about it, but August has some grave reservations. His father, London, is a golfer--not just someone who occasionally golfs, but someone for whom golf is life and life is golf. Since August really cares nothing about golf, he and his father seldom see each other and very rarely communicate. But upon learning he's about to become a father, August visits his father to complain that he's not ready to be a parent.
His father makes a deal with him--if August will take nine golfing lessons from London (one for each month of the pregnancy), London will share stories of August's mother who died when August was quite young. What follows is the delightful story of August's monthly golf lessons with his father and, slowly, August's awakening to the life lessons presented to him.
Although I'm not a golfer, I found the story engaging and easy to read. While at first I absolutely did not like August, over time and over the golf lessons with his father, I liked him more and more, coming to understand his fears of fatherhood. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who might have an uncomfortable relationship with a parent, anyone who is a parent, but especially to anyone about to become a parent.
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