Happy almost-Friday, Savvy Readers!
Fathers’ Day is just three days away… I repeat, THREE DAYS AWAY. Here is a list of our favourite literary fathers—great gifts for dad and great reads for you! These are fathers who have truly gone above and beyond, and we wanted to say a few words about just how great they are.
Brian from Ginny Moon
Ginny is a fourteen-year-old girl with autism who has recently been adopted my Maura and Brian, her Forever Parents. Throughout this book, Ginny struggles to find her voice and ask for help in a way that her parents can understand. She has difficulty communicating her needs and feelings, but her Forever Dad is always there for her and tries his best to be patient and understanding. With so many things working against her, Ginny finds an ally in Brian. His love and devotion to her is so pure and while he isn’t perfect, it’s very clear that he has Ginny’s best interests in mind, regardless of the sacrifices he’ll have to make. I could go on and on about Ginny Moon – and I have – but trust me when I say that you will never forget this book.
PopCorn and PapaDum from The Lotterys Plus One
The Lotterys are a modern family if there ever was one. PopCorn and PapaDum, co-parents of seven children, are some of the most patient parents I’ve ever read about. Their children, some adopted and some biological, are all so diverse and unique that I can’t imagine how any parents could keep up! With so much going on in their lives – and the lives of their children – PopCorn and PapaDum somehow make it work.
Graham from Standard Deviation
Graham and Audra are living in Manhattan with their son Matthew. Matthew has Asperger’s syndrome, and is having difficulty making friends. He has a very strong – if odd – passion for origami, and Graham, wiling to try anything to connect with his son and help him make friends, pours himself into Matthew’s Origami Club. Graham puts his son first in every aspect of this novel, and I can’t wait to read it, especially since I loved Katherine Heiny’s Single, Carefree, Mellow so much.
Shekiba’s dad from The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Shekiba’s fate was sealed when she was just three years old. She suffers a terrible burn to her face, and the scar never goes away. She quickly becomes an outcast and is treated terribly. To make matters worse, her siblings and her mother catch an infection and die within days of one another. Shekiba and her father grow very close after this, and he allows her to help around the house and take on traditionally “male” tasks. Shekiba has accepted that she will never be married, and so she is content staying in her home with her father and do the work her brothers used to do. Shekiba’s father is so accepting and supportive of his daughter – a rarity in this culture in this time.
Mark from My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
Mark and his wife Giulia have gone through hell and back. This true story, told in Mark’s honest voice, is a powerful ode to fatherhood and family. A few years into their (seemingly perfect) marriage, Giulia suffers a psychotic break and ends up in the psych ward for almost a month. When she eventually recovers, Giulia and Mark have a beautiful son together, and things are looking up. Shortly after that, however, Giulia has another breakdown. Mark has no choice but to care for their newborn son alone, shuffling between feedings, diaper changes, and visits to the psych ward. When Giulia couldn’t be there for their son, Mark had to do the work of two parents, plus look after his wife. Mark is truly an exceptional father, and I guarantee that this book is the best non-fiction you’ll read all year.
David from Everybody’s Son
Ten-year-old Anton is locked alone in his sweltering apartment for seven days before he escapes. When he finally breaks a window and jumps out, he is rescued by police who eventually find and lock up his crack-addicted mother. David, a prestigious judge, takes pity on Anton and does everything in his power to adopt him… even breaking the law. While David certainly makes some questionable choices, he always has Anton’s best interests in mind. He does everything he can to help Anton live a life so different than the one he was living when he was trapped in the apartment. I’ve been waiting so long for this book, and I think Fathers’ Day is the perfect time to cross it off my #TBR list.
Maverick from The Hate U Give
Starr is sixteen when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend. She is the only person who knows what really happened that night, and the police and the media don’t want the truth to come out. This is way too much for a sixteen-year-old to handle, and Starr’s father does everything in his power to protect her. He understands that, while Starr needs time to grieve and process, she also needs to use her grief to keep Khalil’s story alive. He encourages her to speak the truth while also shielding her from the potential backlash. Maverick has done his share of dirty work, but when it comes to Starr, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her.
I know I’ll be giving my dad a hug after reading these. Who are some of your favourite literary fathers? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader.
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