(You’ll notice a few extra u’s and some s’s where you might expect z’s lately. This is a bit of a nod to my friend Ruth Daniell, a poet I met through grad school in Vancouver who at one point said “Come back to Canada! You’ve been away too long. You’re already dropping the u’s in words like “‘neighbour.'” Hence, “favourite” instead of “favorite.” I think my friend ’Nathan will also appreciate this, as any time he submits a manuscript to an American publication these are considerations for him.
(Also, the proper pronunciation of the letter Z is, apparently, not “zee” but “zed.” Those whacky Canadians. But, moving along….)
It’s Father’s Day, which is a complicated day for folks who have a) issues with patriarchy or b) troubled relationships with their dads. While I may have a little of both, I don’t have the latter, and I love my dad. When you come out to your lifelong career-Marine dad and his biggest concern is that you held onto the burden of your secret for so long, that says something.
Favourite fictional dad, though? It seems like almost every day I’m saying that today’s #BookADayUK prompt from The Borough Press has got me stumped. Maybe it’s because fathers tend to get a bad rap in literature, particularly in YA. They’re either absentee or oblivious if they’re not actively antagonistic toward their children’s goals.
I’m not going to make this a “not all dads” thing, because you know how well that goes over. But! I’m stumped as far as great literary dads—Atticus Finch? Clearly loved his daughter, but his views on race, seen from the prism of decades later, are complicated, at best.
So, I want to do something different! I want to find more great dads in fiction—and I hope you’ll point me in the right direction. Leave your suggestions in the comments. I would love to add to my to-read list. Thanks!