By George Elerick
If you looked at this cover and thought, “Ah, another “how-to-parent” book?!” you would be wrong. This is an unfolding narrative about the angst of one man’s journey toward having another child. This is an honest look into the mind of a reluctant father to be and his journey toward the “big day.” One powerful element in this work is the use of Piatt’s oldest son, who is in a simple sense the subsconscious thoughts of Piatt (though we’re not told this in the book). Matthias is the outspoken, sometimes over-excitable son who can’t wait for his future sibling, and yet demonstrates a maturity beyond his years.
I think the open-hearted manner and vulnerable moments that erupt off the pages will give those who are new to parenting, old to parenting, and just plain curious about parenting a window into the emotional maturity that comes from the struggles of parenting. This book is a must have. Piatt’s writing style will have you hooked from beginning to finish. It’s an easy read and entertaining — two imperative aspects when approaching an interesting text. This book will have you rethinking your perspective on marriage, children, and the evils of “how-to-parenting” books. Piatt is a powerful story teller.
This book will want to make you laugh, cry, puke and never want to have a child again! A memoir not for the faint-of-heart. A novel for anyone who has been on the journey toward reluctant fatherhood needs to read this book; you will find traces of yourself and your own journey within these pages, whether you have children or not. Get it! You won’t be let down.