Fatherhood

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Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrator’s great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, writing and conversation with his dead ancestor, newly conscious of the ties that bind the present to the past. It is a time of startling intimacies, baby-group small talk, unexpected relationships and tender rhythms, when every clock seems to tell a different time, and the solidity of language is broken. As his daughter begins to speak, the father’s gentleness turns to unexplainable rage. He begins to question who he must protect his child from – the outside world or himself. Their new house, the family discover, is built on a floodplain. Moving between history, memory, and autobiography, its shifting form captures a life and language split open by fatherhood.

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ISBN: 9781916052017 Category: Tag:

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Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrator’s great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. It is a time of startling intimacies, when every clock seems to tell a different time, and the solidity of language is broken. As his daughter begins to speak, the father’s gentleness turns to rage. He begins to question who he must protect his child from – the outside world or himself. Their new house is built on a floodplain. An experiment in rewriting masculinity, its shifting form captures a life and language split open by fatherhood.

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Weight 0.134 kg
Dimensions 178 × 18.4 × 1.4 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

153

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K