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  • Title: Fathermucker
  • Author: Greg Olear
  • ISBN: 9780062059710
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • All kinds of funny raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny a wonderful novel Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets Deft and funny, true and real If you read one book this year, read this one Molly Jong Fast, author of The Social Climber s Handbook Senior editor at the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and au All kinds of funny raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny a wonderful novel Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets Deft and funny, true and real If you read one book this year, read this one Molly Jong Fast, author of The Social Climber s Handbook Senior editor at the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and author of Totally Killer, author Greg Olear brings us a not so typical day in the life of stay at home dad Josh Lansky, juggling myriad fatherly responsibilities while dealing with the maddening realization that his away on business wife just might be having an affair Fathermucker is a sweet, heartrending, often hilarious look at family life from the dad s perspective that Nick Hornby fans will most certainly respond to As Jessica Anne Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties so insightfully points out, Only a writer with the verve, daring, and great talent of Greg Olear could pull off a novel that deals with sippy cups, masturbation, autism spectrum disorder, affairs, and play dates all at once.

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    1. I wanted to like this. I really, really wanted to like this. The concept sounded terrific: a SAHD in an upper-middle class enclave in upstate NY is told, during the course of a playdate, that there is suspicion his wife is having an affair. The idea is pure gold — a setting and a cast of characters impossibly ripe for comedy, plus an opportunity to add some emotional depth via the very troubling idea of a beloved wife (in an imperfect marriage) who may be quietly shattering our protagonist's [...]

    2. "Fatherhood is fear. Fatherhood is disappointment. Fatherhood is anger and envy and lust. And the surest guarantee of fatherly success is a Spock-like mastery of those base emotions. Mister Spock, not Doctor."But that's not Josh, who is having a bad week. He is (was?) a screenwriter with writers' block, a stay at home dad (SAHD) with his son who has Asperger's and his precocious drill sergeant of a toddler daughter. He's also on his own because his wife is away on business for the week. He's pit [...]

    3. This book is not aging well. There are too many name dropping and reference to the late 2000's pop culture. Interestingly, Josh is a Netflix subscriber but I didn't realize immediately this was about the old DVD-by-mail renting model. Time flies

    4. Funny and a little heartbreaking, sexy and more than a little subversive, insightful and allusive—not adjectives you’d necessarily think would describe a novel about 24 hours in the life of a harried stay-at-home dad. At least not based on my own occasional stay at home experience(s). But in Fathermucker, Greg Olear manages to squeeze all that and more into a single day, making even the most banal aspects of child-rearing (and, let's be honest, there's a lot of them) pretty damn entertaining [...]

    5. Such a funny book. I loved all of the pop culture references and above all Josh's outlook on life--I could really relate to it. But above all I loved the pathos, the many little moments that were truly touching and emotional, but never corny. A fun and touching read.

    6. Josh Lansky, titular character of New Paltz resident Greg Olear’s rich Fathermucker, is primary caregiver to willful three-year-old Maude and brilliant-but-difficult five-year-old Roland, who has Asperger’s syndrome. In addition to wrestling with the pervasive feelings of fear and failure that plague all fathers, Josh struggles with virility issues, a stalled screenwriting career, and a troubled marriage to lapsed actress Stacy, now an IBM employee haunted by lost opportunities. This is busi [...]

    7. The suburbs of the Northeast have been fertile domestic-fiction territory for decades, but Greg Olear’'s view of that landscape in Fathermucker, his second novel, is thoroughly contemporary. As many others have before them, Josh and Stacy Lansky left New York City for the Hudson Valley once they started a family, but the shape of that family is a little different. Having sold a screenplay that almost got produced a few years earlier, Josh has become a struggling work-at-home writer and stay-at [...]

    8. I have mixed feelings about this book. Let's first get the most obvious out on the table. Olear is a gifted and observant writer. He takes the mundane of life and writes with aplomb. He articulates the thoughts many thoughts I have that I think might be too weird for anyone to know. But Greg Olear does. The language is exceedingly strong. Shocking, I know, given the title of the book so I really have only myself to blame. I don't mind a couple of "f" bombs in my reading. But the language he uses [...]

    9. Josh Lansky is a stay-at-home dad(and struggling screenwriter) who's watching his two kids for a whole two days while his wife is on a business trip. He may go justifiably insane in her absence, however, after hearing from the mommy grapevine that his wife may be having an affair. Since their marriage has been lackluster as of late, Josh chooses to worry incessantly and in the process all sorts of absolutely hillarious scenarios plant themselves in his head, including a really great one involvin [...]

    10. I'm probably not the target audience for this book, as I'm not a parent, have no interest in having kids and don't have any interest in reading about frazzled, First-World parents and how much their kids are driving them nuts (even though the dad has the luxury of being a stay-at-home dad, but still has to rely on McDonald's to feed himself and his kids, which is probably why the character's daughter seems to be having a lot of gastric distress and his Asperger son experiences some major emotion [...]

    11. A great second novel from Mr. Olear (albeit still stuffed overmuch with pop culture references) about modern fatherhood. I read this book and felt tied into the great continuum of males on this planet - from youth to adolescence to adulthood to fatherhood and beyond, there are certain truths that I think you just sort of suddenly understand. I've been thinking about these things a lot recently (no worries, folks - even without this book, I'm quite happy waiting on the children thing for QUITE so [...]

    12. My mom's book club was reading this, and my mom, not having time herself, enlisted me to act as a human SparkNotes, so, being the loyal daughter I am, I fulfilled my duty by reading it cover to cover and reporting back on the details. There were a few funny moments, but I felt like the kids' personalities could've been developed better; in fact, very little time was spent on anyone except the main character and his interior monologues. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes reading sassy things [...]

    13. 5 stars seems high for such a light read, but I'm going to stick with it because this book actually did make me laugh out loud.or at least giggle. As a parent, I could relate to so many of the thoughts Josh had throughout his day dealing with raising his children, their habits and the God awful TV shows that we watched during the preschool years. While the book is funny - it also is touching as it shows life as a parent of an autistic child. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look for other [...]

    14. Amazing how similar the POVs for stay at home parents, moms and dads alike. The story was well written and very funny at times, but the unique dad perspective was not all that uniquee first person narrative could've been anyone.

    15. Not so muchI don’t appreciate writing with uncommon vocabulary. Big words do not necessarily make you intelligent nor do they make for a good story. The average reader shouldn’t have to lookup words as they read. Therefore this story didn’t flow, its wasn’t easy to read and there were too many details which did not pertain to the actual story.

    16. There were things I both liked and didn't like about this book. Didn't like: female characters are pretty much always described by their appearance/sex appeal. Two different women have breasts that our narrator suspects are "perky" in the first forty pages or so. At the very least get a different adjective. I guess it is part of the character, but it is just kind of yucky to have the stay at home dad speculating on the hotness of his mom friends at the play date. Also, book is published in 2011- [...]

    17. From publisher/authorRead 9/20/11 - 9/28/114 Stars - Strongly RecommendedPgs: 310Ok. I'll admit it. When I hear about books that revolve around the events of one single day, I cringe. I do. But I have good reason to. Saturday bored my socks off with it's hum-drum, well-to-do, fancy pants poshness while Fight For Your Long Day - an enjoyable read, don't get me wrong - crammed way too much stuff into one day to make it believable.So experience tells me that the day in the life of novels never seem [...]

    18. Josh Lansky learns at his daughter's play date that his wife is having an affair. This whispered rumor is passed along just before things fall apart and the playdate ends. So, Josh is stuck for the rest of the day wondering about the truth of the accusations. Fathermucker takes place over the course of that day.What drives the book is the humor and also the thoughtful discussion of the role of the Stay At Home Dad (or SAHD, as Josh calls himself). I think there is a dearth of literature that int [...]

    19. Un grand remerciement aux éditions Cherche Midi et au site NetGalley de m’avoir permise de lire ce roman.Mon avis :J’ai adorée, que ce soit le style d’écriture, l’humour, le réalisme et l’histoire. J’ai surtout beaucoup aimée le fait que le point de vue soit celui du père au foyer et non de la mère au foyer. Mais que ce soit le père ou la mère, les joies d’être parent au foyer avec tout ce que ça implique.Ce fut un véritable plaisir et moment de détente, j’ai beaucou [...]

    20. Josh Lansky is a SAHD. Yep. That stands for Stay-At-Home-Dad, but lets just say that it isn't the only thing that acronym implies. Fathermucker is just the best kind of novel. It's a fictional story, but one that so many people will connect with! Mothers, fathers, people who aren't even parents but work with children. Each person will find their own hilarious piece of this Josh's story to fall in love with.Greg Olear manages to squeeze every minute and mundane detail about a day in the life of a [...]

    21. Interesting enough. Less of an involving plotline and more an insight into being a stay at home dad (oh the luxury), gender roles, and what it is like to be the parent of an autistic child. Quick read, pretty entertaining.

    22. Sometimes you just have one of those days where nothing goes right, and you let yourself get beat down and take it. But sometimes, as in Josh Lansky's case, you know you're going to have a bad day - his horoscope predicts a mere two-stars - and you can brace yourself for it. So Josh does, to the extent one can be prepared for anything when your wife is out of town and you're in charge of two children under five. That's actually Josh's every day life - he's a stay-at-home-dad, a screenwriter suff [...]

    23. By Greg OlearHarperCollins 312 pgs978-0-06-205971-0Rating: Sublime."Fathermucker" sounds rather suspect. I feel a touch profane when I say it. Harmless. I am a little confused but nevermind."Fathermucker" is the perfect title for this gem. This book is about a father mucking around, trying to hold it together. Josh Lansky is a husband, erst-while screenwriter, and stay-at-home father to Roland, a four-year-old boy with Asperger's, and Maude, a two-year-old girl with a dictatorial bent. His wife [...]

    24. Joshua Lansky, the SAHD (that's "stay at home dad") protagonist of Greg Olear's fantastically comic meditation on parenthood and marriage, hates a lot of things -- Josh Duhamel, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, the Kardashians, 99 percent of Facebook status updates. But he does love his children, even though they drive him practically batty. And, thus we have a novel. The conflict between Josh's striving to be a good parent and his sarcastic cynicism (he still hasn't quite given up the ghost on b [...]

    25. My initial reaction to the first couple of pages is that this felt very much like Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. The writer's voice was the first hint of it but also the whole angle of it coming from a dad's perspective. But this book went in a different direction of its own so that I do appreciate. Things I loved about this book was the honesty. You really felt you were in the room with him watching Max & Ruby (and for people who don't have kids- that is probably one of the shows easil [...]

    26. Original review posted hereI am not kidding you, I laughed out loud so hard during several portions of this book. I laughed so hard, at one point, I thought I was going to have to have air pumped back into me. Greg Olear is one funny dude.This book is definitely male humor, though. There’s male moral standards too, because one of the ending scenes actually put me off a little (and kept me from rating the book a full five stars). That said, it was still a laugh out loud book – from the descri [...]

    27. My brother, an aspiring novelist, published travel-writer and well-followed blogger, recommended I read this book by a mentor/friend of his. So I ordered it and dove right in. At first this book angered me.I thought there was nonchalance, apathy, annoyance on Josh's part towards his children I thought, "how could this book about a Dad who hates being with his kids be good for anyone to read?" However, perhaps I started the book a bit defensively, expecting that of a SAHD, because I know from per [...]

    28. This book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to it, and by the end, I absolutely adored this book! Josh is a unsuccessful screenwriter with writer's block. Although his main job lately is being a stay-at-home dad with two high-maintenance preschoolers. His wife has been away for the entire week on a business trip. On the last day, he learns that Stacy may or may not be having an affair from a play [...]

    29. Spending a day with Josh Lansky, the protagonist in Greg Olear's book, Fathermucker is quite an experience. Early in the day Josh learns that his wife, Stacy, might be having an affair. Because he is a stay at home father for their two young children, their schedule doesn't allow him much time to investigate the allegation immediately. The day is filled with play dates, an eventful outing to a farm and an encounter with a policeman and eventually the consumption of much wine. During this day the [...]

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