January 2017 Non-fiction Arsenal Pulp Press

Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe) George Bowering, Charles DeMers

Paperback | Jan 2017 | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551526621 | 288pp | 228x152mm | GEN | AUD$21.99, NZD$24.99

A poignant, funny correspondence between two generations of fathers about raising their daughters.

In this unique book of correspondence, two men from different generations write to each other about the burdens, anxieties, and singular joys of parenthood. Thirty-something Charles Demers and 80-year-old George Bowering are both celebrated authors and the best of friends, and soon both will be the fathers of daughters. The letters begin as Charles and his wife discover they will become parents; he expresses his hopes and fears of impending fatherhood, compounded by his OCD and his own father's illness, while George recalls his own experiences raising a daughter in the 1970s and his own anxieties about bringing a child into a troubled world.Together, their thoughtful, funny, candid missives reveal what fathers know (or don't know) about raising daughters, as well as themselves and each other. Their combined observations make for a passionate, funny and moving portrait of fatherhood in all its imperfect, beautiful glory.