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Man and Boyby Tony Parsons
Synopses & Reviews
"The characterization is generous and astute, the story shoots along at a brisk pace, and Parsons writes openly and honestly, avoiding tiresome cliches. It is a pity that there are so few other books written by men that are so accessible to both men and women, and that speak so poignantly about modern day relationships." Georgie Lewis, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
HE HAD TO FACE THE TOUGHEST JOB OF HIS LIFE. AND HE NEVER ONCE THOUGHT HE'D BE ON HIS OWN.
Harry had it all: a beautiful wife, an adorable four-year-old son, and a high-paying media job. But on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, with one irresponsible act, he threw it all away. Suddenly he finds himself an unemployed single father trying to figure out how to wash his son's hair the way Mommy did and whether green spaghetti is proper breakfast food. This brilliantly engaging novel will tug at your heart as Harry learns to become a father to his son and a son to his aging father, takes stabs at finding new love, and makes the hardest decision of his life.
"Tony Parsons's first novel, Man and Boy, hits like a series of quick jabs to the heart....A novel that is one in a million." Robin Vidimos, Denver Post
"Every generation has hungered for a heartfelt novel in which a father discovers what it is to be a mother. Man and Boy [is] a witty, often sweet novel that adeptly sorts immature men from true fathers." Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News
"Utterly irresistible." Kyle Smith, People
"Set your other books aside for a day or two and read straight through Man and Boy." USA Today
"I sobbed my way shamelessly through this book." Women's Journal
"Harry's prolonged adolescence is at times painful for both him and the reader, and his grappling with growing up seems more baby boomer than Gen X, though the book is set in the 1990s. Nevertheless, this portrayal of becoming a 'real' parent...is often touching." Library Journal
"A runaway best-seller in Britain, this warm, moving novel is certain to be a hit here, too." Kristine Huntley, Booklist
"[An] alternately wry and maudlin debut....Parsons knows how to pace — his pages turn as if in a high wind — and he has a flair for pushing emotional buttons....Many readers will love this novel; others will decry its obvious calculation, but most will agree that Parson deals in a highly entertaining manner with personal issues of import and that, more often than not, he tells it very true." Publishers Weekly
This witty, touching story about a man learning to become a father to his four-year-old-son, and a son to his aging father, is inspired by Parson's own experience. Already a bestseller in the UK, it is an unforgettable novel of love, infidelity, family, death, and new beginnings.
About the Author
Tony Parsons is the author of two international bestsellers, Man and Boy and Man and Wife. A former music journalist and television personality, he lives in England with his wife and daughter, and he has a son from a previous marriage.
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