MICHAEL CHABON discusses his collection of essays POPS
Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces (Harper)
A year and a half ago, Michael Chabon published a piece in GQ about accompanying his thirteen-year- old son Abraham to Men’s Fashion Week in Paris; “My Son, the Prince of Fashion” quickly went viral, introducing him to a slew of new fans taken with its unique blend of the heartfelt and the hip. This spring, Chabon expands on his story in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, delivering a collection of essays—warmhearted and humorous, insightful, wise—on the meaning of fatherhood.
Possessed with a precocious sense of style, young Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season; his father, whose interest in clothing stops at “thrift-shopping for vintage western shirts or Hermès neckties,” sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the feeling that the whole thing was a massive waste of time. Despite his own indifference, however, what gradually emerged as Chabon ferried his son to and from fashion shows was a deep respect for his son’s passion.
Chabon’s earlier collection, Manhood for Amateurs, received glowing reviews and was named a best book of the year by Time, NPR, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. In illuminating the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only Michael Chabon can, Pops—with the GQ story as its centerpiece and featuring six additional essays—promises to do much the same.
Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Manhood for Amateurs, Telegraph Avenue, Moonglow, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
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