My Father’s Diet

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In a broken-down Middle American town, the disintegration of a struggling family is laid bare through the cold eyes of its only son. While studying at the local community college to finish his degree, he works what his divorced parents deem to be menial jobs and tries to stay out of their way, keeping his pitiless observations about their lives to himself. He says nothing about his semi-estranged father’s doomed attempts to find meaning in strip-mall spirituality. He says nothing about his mother’s willingness to subjugate herself to men he deems unworthy. He says nothing about the anonymity and emptiness to which their social classes and places of birth seem to have condemned everyone he knows, robbing them of even the vocabulary to express their grievances. He says nothing about his own pity, disgust, compassion, tenderness, and love – and when his father enters a bodybuilding competition, he swallows his scorn and agrees to help.

ISBN: 9781913505226 Author: West, Adrian Nathan Publisher: And Other Stories Publication Date: 1st February 2022 Imprint: And Other Stories Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.6 (edition:23) Pages: 176 Language: English Edition: Paperback original Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

In a broken-down Middle American town, the disintegration of a strugglingfamily – its ambitions and emotions worn thin – is laid bare through the coldeyes of its only son. While studying at the local community college to finishhis degree, he works what his divorced parents deem to be menial jobs and triesto stay out of their way, keeping his pitiless observations about their livesto himself. He says nothing about his semi-estranged father’s doomed attemptsto find meaning in strip-mall spirituality. He says nothing about his mother’swillingness to subjugate herself to men he deems unworthy. He says nothingabout the anonymity and emptiness to which their social classes and places ofbirth seem to have condemned everyone he knows, robbing them of even thevocabulary to express their grievances. He says nothing about his own pity,disgust, compassion, tenderness, and love – and when his father enters abodybuilding competition, he swallows his scorn and agrees to help. Instantlyrelatable, impeccably realized, and grimly hilarious, My Father’s Dietis equal parts Kierkegaard, This Side of Paradise, and PumpingIron: an autopsy of antiquated notions of manhood, and the perfect,bite-sized novel for a world always keen to mistake narcissism forintrospection.