ONE DAY YOU’LL THANK ME

Lessons From an Unexpected Fatherhood

David McGlynn

Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession—the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he’d moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he’s doing the right thing—but he’s never quite sure.

One Day You’ll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into “life lessons” about fatherhood.

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Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession—the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he’d moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he’s doing the right thing—but he’s never quite sure.

One Day You’ll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into “life lessons” about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters—many of which have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York TimesMen’s HealthParentsReal Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine—the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad.

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  • Counterpoint Press
  • Hardcover
  • June 2018
  • 272 Pages
  • 9781640090392

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About David McGlynn

David McGlynn is the author of the memoir A Door in the Ocean and the story collection The End of the Straight and Narrow, winner of the 2008 Utah Book Award for Fiction. Recent work—including excerpts from One Day You’ll Thank Me—has appeared in The New York TimesMen’s HealthO, The Oprah MagazineReal SimpleParents, and elsewhere. Three of his essays have been named Notable Essays in the Best American Essays anthology and another, “Rough Water,” appeared in Best American Sports Writing in 2009. He teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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Praise

“A pleasing blend of humor and humility that shows what it means to be a father in America today . . . Timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys.”Kirkus Reviews

“Each brutally honest chapter is filled with heart and humor as McGlynn shares his most tender and most trying moments as a parent . . . All parents will relate and enjoy, but fathers of sons will most certainly relish this charming and hilarious tale of fatherhood.”Booklist

One Day You’ll Thank Me is a wonderful book with a big heart. David McGlynn tells a timeless story in a personal voice, rich with humor and humanity.”Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins, and former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine