The blueprint for the perfect life eludes Taz when Marnie dies in childbirth, plummeting the carpenter headfirst into the new, strange world of fatherhood alone. From one of the West’s literary legends.
The support group is brought to vivid life, and the relationships between the characters feel honest and true ... Taz’s need to work is a key part of the plot, and Fromm details the cabinetmaking with poetic care and a level of detail that will delight some readers and test others. His character’s self-absorption, which feels utterly right in the early stages, wears somewhat thin by the book’s end. But the best parts are simply magical as Fromm renders indelible images with heartbreaking precision in beautiful, lyrical prose.
A tender tale of loss and fatherhood, Pete Fromm’s A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How to Do is a beautiful story about what happens when your village comes to the rescue and gives you a second chance at happiness.
Though readers may be appalled by how often Taz exposes Midge to the dangers of his workplaces or the mountain lakes where he takes her swimming before she can even crawl, Fromm eschews suspense in favor of a close study of the messy process of rebuilding a life. He pays loving attention to the details of Taz's work and to the place that is as vital to him as any human being ... A compassionate and unsentimental look at one confused young man's path through loss.