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Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrators great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrators great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, writing and conversation with his dead ancestor, newly conscious of the ties that bind the present to the past. It is a time of startling intimacies, baby-group small talk, unexpected relationships and tender rhythms, when every clock seems to tell a different time, and the solidity of language is broken. As his daughter begins to speak, the fathers gentleness turns to unexplainable rage. He begins to question who he must protect his child from the outside world or himself. Their new house, the family discover, is built on a floodplain. Moving between history, memory and autobiography, its shifting form captures a life and language split open by fatherhood. An experiment in rewriting masculinity, it asks how bodies can share both a house and a planet.


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Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrators great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrators great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, writing and conversation with his dead ancestor, newly conscious of the ties that bind the present to the past. It is a time of startling intimacies, baby-group small talk, unexpected relationships and tender rhythms, when every clock seems to tell a different time, and the solidity of language is broken. As his daughter begins to speak, the fathers gentleness turns to unexplainable rage. He begins to question who he must protect his child from the outside world or himself. Their new house, the family discover, is built on a floodplain. Moving between history, memory and autobiography, its shifting form captures a life and language split open by fatherhood. An experiment in rewriting masculinity, it asks how bodies can share both a house and a planet.

33 review for Fatherhood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Garry Nixon

    There's a lot to disentangle in this short novel, [WARNING! CONTAINS STRETCHES OF POETRY!], and I really need to re-read it quite soon. But it is about much more than fatherhood, though it deals with that beautifully.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Mooney

    A few nice observations but a lot of pretentious twaddle as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pouya Mota

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    Elena

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie McMorrow

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    Diana

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    Rebecca Gazzard

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Tylor

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Patrick Murtha

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Jonas Danielsson

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    Leena-Maaretta Dixon

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    Tilly Bridger

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    Veronica Vivi

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    Pedro

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