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

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Pacific Northwest author Pete Fromm returns with another beautifully stirring novel. Taz is a young man in Montana grieving the loss of his wife after she dies in childbirth. His struggle to take care of his newborn daughter despite his debilitating grief will invoke sympathy from parents and non-parents alike. What defines adulthood better than having no idea how to do something, but soldiering on regardless? Rippled with melancholy, wry humor, and Fromm's lilting prose, this novel is a testament to the power of love and the importance of family. -Liz T.

— From Summer Booknotes 2019


An Amazon Top Ten Book of May 2019

Five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award Pete Fromm returns with his big-hearted new novel, a love story about family and resiliency and second chances. 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.

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