Howard Cunnell

Fathers and Sons


In a publishing year packed with brilliant writing, nothing stopped my heart quite like Howard Cunnell’s Fathers and Sons. A fragmentary but utterly lucid multigenerational memoir in which the experience of fatherhood and the demands of masculinity are delicately parsed from all possible angles, it stood out for me for the extraordinary quality of Cunnell’s prose: glancing, agile, heartsore, preternaturally perceptive and above all, tender. A unique, and uniquely beautiful, book.

Melissa Harrison, Financial Times Books of the Year