A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do (Hardcover)

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Pete Fromm's A Job You Mostly Won't Know How To Do is a tender novel of family, fatherhood and second chances. When Taz's wife Marnie dies during childbirth, Taz is left not only broken-hearted, but left to care for their newborn daughter Midge. Although he feels very much alone, he is not. A host of friends and family come to his side, to help him adjust to fatherhood, single parenthood, and his new life. The prose is direct and honest and hits your gut. A Job You Mostly Won't Know How To Do is a love story supreme: the love of a man for his wife and child, a mother for her daughter, platonic love, new love and the love of a community for their neighbors and for the land they call home. — From Michelle's Picks (page 2)


A big-hearted novel "about the grace of friends and family, the true depth and patience of love, and the impossible privilege of what it means to be a father" (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You).

For young couple Taz and Marnie, their fixer-upper is the symbol of their new life together: a work in progress, the beginning of something grand, all the more so when they learn a baby is on her way. But the blueprint for the perfect life eludes Taz when Marnie dies in childbirth, plummeting the taciturn carpenter headfirst into the new, strange world of fatherhood alone, a landscape of contradictions, of great joy and sorrow. With a supporting cast as rich and compelling as the wild Montana landscape, the novel follows Taz's first two years as a father―a job no one can be fully prepared for.

The five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award with more than eleven books in over twenty years, Pete Fromm has become one of the West's best literary legends. A Job You Mostly Won't Know How To Do beautifully captures people who end up building a life that is both unexpected and brave.

About the Author

Pete Fromm is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award for his novels If Not For This, As Cool As I Am and How All This Started; the story collection Dry Rain; and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. He is on the faculty of Pacific University's low-residency MFA program, and lives in Montana with his family. Find out more at petefromm.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781640091771
ISBN-10: 1640091777
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English