Hi, everyone. I wrote an essay about our daughter that has been published in the book Dads of Disability: Stories for, by, and about fathers of children who experience disability (and the women who love them!).
The essay itself is a reworked, more cohesive, and edited version of the three-part essay that appeared on this blog a while back. It’s called “The Girl with the Trauma Tattoo,” and comprises chapter five.
The book as a whole is an amazing collection of essays and poems by and about dads, most of whom experience much more dramatic daily challenges than me, and who are just incredible people.
Dads of Disability is available on Kindle and Nook now, and will be released in paperback April 15. You can follow the book's progress via its Facebook page here.
I couldn’t more highly recommend this book—regardless of my essay’s inclusion in it—for people facing similar struggles, or for those interested in the everyday hardships and triumphs of raising a child with a disability. There is much literature on the topic, but virtually nothing from the dad’s perspective. Gary Dietz did an absolutely wonderful job of collecting and editing these pieces while maintaining the honesty that makes them special, relatable, and transformative. I am immensely proud to be a small part of this outstanding project.
So anyway, buy it! Now or in paperback come April; for yourself or as a Father's Day gift for that special dad or family in your life.
(While this marks the second time I've been published in an actual book, this is the first time the book in question is not a collection of nonsense. So that is something.)
(More book-related news in the coming weeks.)