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Calvin eats dirt He never actually swallows it just places loose clumps onto his tongue and sucks I think So begins Michael Grant Jaffe s DANCE REAL SLOW a debut novel written in 1996 by a young Ohio born author He tells a story from novel written in 1996 by a young Ohio born author He tells a story from father s perspective whose wife and Calvin s mother abandons them unexpectedly leaving him to raise the child on his own If these few sentences were all I knew of this book I probably wouldn t have picked it up However there it was on my Goodreads To Read list added so long ago I d forgotten why perhaps due to someone s recommendation Not one to delete from my list I finally decided to read it What a em of a book so well written it tells of the father s coping with being not only a single parent but starting his life over in a new location a small town in Kansas He thinks about the difficult relationship with his own father the hurt and anger he carries still over his wife s leaving letting a new woman into his life and fitting into this new community Just when he thinks he is moving forward his *Ex Wife Contacts Him *wife contacts him to et back into their son s life It is not the KRAMER vs KRAMER story but one told with wit a sense of humor and a sense of irony It proved to be a memorable book one I will recommend Michael Jaffe. Calvin eats dirt  He never actually swallows it just places loose clumps onto his tongue and sucks I thinkHe knows better my son but he is stillyoung and needs to be watchedSo oes the poignant journey of discovery for Gordon Nash a journey that began two years ago when his wife suddenly walked out on. ,


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Dance Real SlowUch of it was internal I would Recommend This Book Is A Meditation A This book is a meditation a There is beauty at every step of this story about a father raising his young son It is like listening to the heartbeat of someone you love un This lyrical story of a young father attempting to make sense of His Wife S Desertion wife s desertion the family leaving him to raise his young son alone is heart felt and honest The lifestyle changes that ensues when Gordon Nash leaves his position in a high powered law firm and moves to Kansas with his son Calvin result in conflicts and challenges Gordon often feels uneuipped to handle His frank dialogue and sometimes abrupt interactions with Calvin a sensitive young boy who names his pet man of war Mom thoughtfully and compellingly portray both the frustrations and the joy of single fatherhood L Ramona Malone A reat story of a single father raising his four year old son Well written Made me deeply sad knowing all that I have missed not having my own children The simple moments of interaction between father and son are so well crafted A beautiful story of the relationship between a single father and his four year old son A warts and all tale that holds no punches Very refreshing to see honesty sometimes a little too much in a book about parentin. Plumbs the deep well of rage within himself to find there disturbing echoes of his own father  And he comes to understand that nothing is as important as this complex imperfect love a lesson he must turn to when his wife reappears one day threatening to turn his and Calvin's world upside down once aga. Perfectly captures the highs and lows of
PARENTING IN THIS IMPRESSIVE DEBUT NOVEL 
in this impressive debut novel s wife has left him to raise their son Calvin alone and it s clear that he wishes he had an owner s manual don t we all for the tough situations which constantly arise This is a story about love forgiveness and rowing up among other things Well plotted with reat characters and excellent writing I can t wait to see the movie with Vince Vaughn titled A Cool Dry Place I ll be back with an update Very reminiscent of the movie Kramer vs Kramer Single father raising a 4 year old son after the mother leaves them Straightforward writing style 4 year old son after the mother leaves them Straightforward writing style some very sweet but not overly sweet or corny scenes between father and son A beautiful portrait of the love between a man and his four year old son just after the break up of his marriage It is a simple story of unyielding love and the anguish when the son is threatened Very well written This is a beautifully written book that examines Very well written This is a beautifully written book that examines mixed emotions and frustrations of a single parent or I would uess any parent I liked it I really enjoyed this book It was a uick and easy read but showed the meaningful relationship between a single dad and his young son I didn t like the level of anger that Gordon expressedeven though Him leaving him alone toraise their son  Calvin is now four fragile yet stubborn devoted to his pet a dead Portuguese man o war he calls Mom  Faced daily with the struggle andjoys of raising this bright little boy Gordon learns the vast reaches of his affection and the limits of his patience  He.
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