The short personal essays in this collection will tug at your heartstrings. They will make you laugh and cry, and, they will make you examine your own parenting strategies.
With an essay devoted to ‘poop’ and another to ‘following the arrows at IKEA, with yet another expounding on what sleep deprivation does to new parents, the author writes humorously, candidly, and with empathy.
“Follow your passions. Find someone to love. Do your best. Be kind when you can, tough when you need to be. Hold on to your friends.”
The month of August 2014 was a happy time. That was when I first discovered Fredrik Backman and read “A man called Ove“. Since then he has delighted me with another six outstanding fiction reads. This time out, he has ventured into non-fiction with this compilation of short, humorous, and very heartfelt essays on what it means to be a father in this day and age. Wow!
As usual, while reading Backman, my emotions took a roller coaster ride. Laughing aloud one minute, shedding a tear the next. He does that to me… I found the timing of this read especially poignant because my son is expecting his first child (a boy) within the next month.
The author’s deep love for his wife and children fairly shines from the pages.
I particularly enjoyed the essay where Backman discusses inter-generational conflicts and lists the differences between people of his generation and the one of his parents.
The author’s education in philosophy has made me understand a bit more about why I love his writing. He is a thinker. A philosopher. It is my belief that in generations to come he will be revered. His wisdom far exceeds his years.
I’m in my early sixties and I think Fredrik Backman would be perfect as a son. If I was in my thirties I think Fredrik Backman would be perfect as a husband. And, finally, and more importantly, if I was a little boy I think that Fredrik Backman would be the father I would want. Backman is… quite simply…. everything. (But I never gush, LOL, so disregard the last few sentences if gushing annoys you.)
Highly, highly, recommended!
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer of the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries, in more than twenty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.