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When I First Held You

When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood

Out May 6th from Berkley Books

Available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & NobleIndiebound, and Powell’s

Becoming a father can be one of the most profoundly exhilarating, terrifying, life-changing occasions in a man’s life. In this incomparable collection of thought-provoking essays, twenty-two of today’s masterful writers get straight to the heart of modern fatherhood. From making that ultimate decision to having a kid to making it through the birth, to tangling with a toddler mid-tantrum, and eventually letting a teen loose in the world, these fathers explore every facet of fatherhood and show how being a father changed the way they saw the world—and themselves.

Featuring essays by André Aciman, Chris Bachelder, David Bezmozgis, Justin Cronin, Peter Ho Davies, Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Steve Edwards, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Ben Greenman, Lev Grossman, Dennis Lehane, Bruce Machart, Rick Moody, Stephen O’Connor, Benjamin Percy, Bob Smith, Frederick Reiken, Marco Roth, Matthew Specktor, Garth Stein, and Alexi Zentner, with a foreword by Darin Strauss.

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