Ford is in many ways a wiser, sharper and more profound version of Nick Hornby, and someone who writes like a poet not a journalist. This novel captures the balance of a characters' life as, in his 40's, he realises it is not what he asked for. A book about men but not strictly a men's book; a book about fatherhood, responsibility, irresponsibility and the desire to be the best you can while realising you'll never be what you should. Poignant, sharp, beautiful.
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