Famous Fathers and Other Stories

Famous Fathers and Other Stories

A gracefully disconcerting collection of stories by the winner of the 2005 Narrative Prize.

Wavering between fidelity and freedom, the women in this sparkling debut collection deal with emotional damage and unhealed heartbreak by plunging into unusual, often bizarre, relationships.

In Pia Z. Ehrhardt’s stories, adultery and impropriety become disquietingly mundane. Mothers expect daughters to be complicit in their love affairs, children seek shelter in families that aren’t their own, fathers court their daughters, a couple enters into a marriage that lasts thirty days a year, and a young girl takes to the road with the simple guy who bags groceries at Piggly Wiggly while her mother imagines her safely at school. 

Beautifully restrained and shot through with tenderness, Famous Fathers and Other Stories establishes Ehrhardt as both a leading practitioner of the short story and an empathetic interpreter of the lives of wounded people who–instead of asking for what they want–take what is offered.

Title:Famous Fathers and Other Stories
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781596922129
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    Famous Fathers and Other Stories Reviews

  • Debbie Ann

    I’m a great test market for a book like this, because, well, I don’t have much respect for women who sleep with other women’s husbands, who have no thoughts about the family. I have seen the oth...

  • Myfanwy

    Do not be fooled into thinking the female protagonists in Pia Z. Ehrhardt's knock-out debut, Famous Fathers and Other Stories, are passive. They are not. This is not the 19th century—there is no awa...

  • Kevin Fanning

    I don't remember ever reading a collection this stunning and cohesive. Even a book by Lorrie Moore or George Saunders is guaranteed to have a clunker or two in it, right?The stories in this book all s...

  • Maia

    Sometimes short stories really do beat novels: they can take you deeper, or fling you wider beyond, or push you past certain boundaries. This is what I felt after I'd finished Pia Z. Ehrhardt's slim, ...

  • Kevin

    One of the best collections of stories in recent years, Pia's stories are littered with adulterers and troubled soul searchers. Dark but wonderful stuff....

  • Diane

    I usually like short stories, although reading an entire book of short stories by the same author all at once tends to not be a good thing. In this case I didn’t like any of the stories and finally ...

  • Patti

    Beautifully written stories that explore relationships; the difficulty of maintaining them and the quagmires created with a breakup. To some extent we are all messed up and we have all made bad decisi...

  • Cardee

    Her stories are short and pack a punch. I think she's pretty great. I prefer reading longer stories and novels. Mrs. Pia has a novel coming out soon though, and I have a feeling that I might spend a y...

  • Mary

    I'm not finished and don't want to ever finish. Hearts....

  • Myfanwy

    Do not be fooled into thinking the female protagonists in Pia Z. Ehrhardt's knock-out debut, Famous Fathers and Other Stories, are passive. They are not. This is not the 19th century—there is no awa...