Fathers, Sons, & Brothers: The Men in My Family

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
Exploring three generations of the men in his family -- his father and his two uncles, his own two brothers, and his two sons -- Bret Lott spins a sweeping true saga of the ties that bind. With quiet grace and his trademark talent for finding powerful revelations in the most unlikely places, master novelist Lott delivers a bracingly personal and honest memoir that confronts the often inexpressible complexities of contemporary maleness. Fathers, Sons, and Brothers describes not only the ways men and boys relate to one another but also how their lives evolve over decades, endlessly imitative yet varied. In the end, these essays constitute a celebration of humanity, regardless of gender -- of joy and sorrow, of intimacy and distance, of lingering secrets and universal truths.
 

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This lean midpoint memoir, fleshed out of collected short essays, alternates analysis of the author's male family relations with reflections on his experiences as the married father of two young sons ... Read full review

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In this brief memoir, novelist and short story writer Lott (How To Get Home, LJ 7/96) ruminates on the relationships between fathers, sons, and brothers as he examines the lives of three generations ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
25
Section 4
33
Section 5
63
Section 6
75
Section 7
79
Section 8
87
Section 9
99
Section 10
115
Section 11
117
Section 12
139
Section 13
151
Section 14
165
Section 15
197
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About the author (2000)

Bret Lott is a native of Los Angeles. Jewel, his internationally celebrated novel of love and loss in 1940s Mississippi, was a national bestseller and a popular Oprah's Book Club(TM) selection. The author of four other highly acclaimed novels -- The Man Who Owned Vermont, A Stranger's House, Reed's Beach, and The Hunt Club -- Lott has also written two collections of widely anthologized short stories, A Dream of Old Leaves and How to Get Home. He lives with his wife and two sons near Charleston, South Carolina, and teaches writing at the College of Charleston and Vermont College.

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