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"Gerard has been diligent in tracking down some of the world's best English-language poems, essays and short stories about fathers....This collection of penetrating explorations of fathers will help many offspring go far deeper than most of us typically do on a Father's Day..." - The Vancouver Sun

"Fathers: A Literary Anthology has something for everyone interested in reading about different perspectives about fatherhood." - BookDads.com 

About the Author

Born a twin in 1953, son of a German mother and a Belgian father, Gerard grew up far from Würzburg and from Liège, among the forests and lakes of the coastal pulp and paper town of Powell River, B.C. A lover of endives and sauerkraut, lebkuchen and rice pie, he has a BSC. and a BA. from University of British Columbia, and a Master's of English Literature from the University of Washington, and over the years he has worked as a broke hustler, green chain hand, postal employee, commercial fisherman, apartment manager, and tutor. The idea for Fathers: A Literary Anthology came to him several years ago, and though he tried to resist, it would not go away. He was, after all, the father of two teenage children, and some of his thoughts were forged in the fiery smithy of experience. Part of the impetus, too, came from seeing how "astronaut kids," children with fathers half a world away, responded to reading personal essays and poems about fathers. A gift for all his children, biological and emotional, this anthology was compiled as an act of affirmation. Despite being an agnostic - one who lacks the certainty to be an atheist - he believes passionately in the power of friendship, loving kindness, and literature to give meaning to our lives.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Patremoir Press (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986555401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986555404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,112,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andre Gerard on February 20, 2013
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What the euphemism! (Am I allowed to say "What the Euphemism?" in an Amazon review? If you read this as typed the answer clearly is yes. If the remark is expurgated you should know that this item was intended to start with a variant of "What the Greek Euphemism?" With that, I'll start over.)

And over, again. This euphemised version is evidence that the original was censored:

What the euphemism! I might as well write a review of my own book. Its a great book after all, one which deserves to be better known than it is, and it is also a book which lead me formulate the concept of the patremoir and to become a minor expert on the subject. It is a good starting point for anyone interested in reading father memoirs. Therefore, here is a brief glimpse of what Fathers: A Literary Anthology has in store for you.

Against the shock value of Philip Larkin's "They euphemism you up, your mum and dad / They may not mean to, but they do," I would like to oppose the sanity of Doris Lessing's ""We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed; they are always there for love or for hate."

In April of 2011, Patremoir Press[...] published Fathers: A Literary Anthology, a book of autobiographical pieces focusing on fathers. With personal essays and poems by 5 Nobel laureates, 7 Pulitzer winners, and writers such as Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Thomas Hardy, Franz Kafka, and Virginia Woolf, the book is an impassioned argument for the importance of literature in our lives.

When looked at in groups, the writers in this anthology strongly suggest that the world is improved through writing. Robert Hayden, James Baldwin, and Rita Dove demonstrate how the world has changed and is changing for Afro-Americans.
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This collection of letters, short stories, and essays is a wonderful gift for Christmas, Father's day, or for anyone that has had a father (or even those that never had a chance to know their father). "Fathers: A literary anthology" is a great collection of patremoir writings and literary classics. Andre Gerard's insights and musings on the individual authors adds a level of richness and sparks some interesting thoughts on the various relationships that the writers had with their respective fathers.
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