Just Let Me Look at You

Just Let Me Look at You

On Fatherhood

Book - 2018
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Bill Gaston's relationship with his father was stormy. Sons clash with fathers, particularly with towering, authoritarian figures like Gaston Senior. Fairly or unfairly, sons look for reasons to rebel, particularly against boring suburban fathers who seem to prize conformity above all else. And fairly or unfairly, sons judge their fathers when they can't handle their booze. But even a father and son as doomed to clash as Gaston and his father could fish together. When they were shoulder-to-shoulder, joined in shared anticipation and common purpose, gazing at the waves of the Pacific Ocean, they were no longer betrayed by their differences. When Gaston's father dies, this is the memory of his father that he keeps alive. In the years that follow, however, he learns more about his father's realtionship with his father. It too was marked by heavy drinking, though it took a much darker turn. What Gaston comes to realize is that the man his younger self had been so eager to judge was in fact capable of near-heroic feats of self-mastery. And as a father of grown sons himself, he acutely feels the wounds he must have inflicted years before by withholding so much he now knows that fathers long for. Returning to the past, Gaston goes back to those times in the boat, and comes to understand his own story anew as he sees his father in a new light.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780735234062
073523406X
Branch Call Number: 306.874 G25j
Characteristics: 279 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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"This is a quiet, meditative and tender-hearted exploration of childhood injury and its legacy across generations."—2019 RBC Taylor Prize jury. This father and son memoir by Giller-nominated, award-winning author Bill Gaston was shortlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize.

This father and son memoir by Giller-nominated, award-winning author Bill Gaston was shortlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. "This is a quiet, meditative and tender-hearted exploration of childhood injury and its legacy across generations."—2019 RBC Taylor Prize jury


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frances12
Jul 19, 2018

Excellent book

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