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Fathers, Sons, and Brothers

Lott, Bret

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ISBN 10: 0151002622 / ISBN 13: 9780151002627
Verlag: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 1997
Gebraucht Zustand: Fine Hardcover
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Titel: Fathers, Sons, and Brothers

Verlag: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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The author writes about his experiences and perceptions across three generations of the men in his family. He re-creates the moments of anger and love, work and play, intimacy and distance; he evokes the subtle ties that bind father to son and brother to brother. This author makes the quietest moments of everyday life shout with joy or howl with pain. From the world of men at work to the world of boys at play, this book describes not only the ways men and boys relate to one another but also how their lives evolve over decades, endlessly imitative and endlessly varied. This is a book about men and a book for anyone who knows a man – and the boy in him.


Bret Lott approaches his family history from the perspective of father, son, and brother, allowing him to interweave three generations of experience and communication with the intent to both teach and learn. The individual stories are not laid out chronologically, but the essays serve as a sort of memoir and, when combined, create a clear picture of the family dynamic. In recalling stories of his childhood, Lott compares his interaction with his brothers to the relationship between his two sons, noting the subtle ways in which life comes full circle. Almost unwittingly he finds himself passing on some of the same paternal advice he received, often with undesired effects. Without lapsing into sentimentality, Lott negotiates his family album with sincerity and a keen eye for detail, unafraid to admit that his memories are not always based in reality. There are plenty of tender moments here, from childhood revelations and shared secrets among brothers to tacitly conveyed declarations of love and respect. Not all of the stories end happily, though, despite Lott's optimistic tone. What emerges is the understanding that the male relationships in this family, or in any other, are cause for reflection, wonder, and quiet celebration.

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