Fathermucker by Greg Olear
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“All kinds of funny—raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny…a wonderful novel.”
—Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets

“Deft and funny, true and real. If you read one book this year, read this one.”
—Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber’s Handbook

Senior editor at the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and author of Totally Killer, author Greg Olear brings us a not-so-typical day in the life of stay-at-home dad Josh Lansky, juggling myriad fatherly responsibilities while dealing with the maddening realization that his  away-on-business wife just might be having an affair. Fathermucker is a sweet, heartrending, often hilarious look at family life from the dad’s perspective that Nick Hornby fans will most certainly respond to. As Jessica Anne Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties so insightfully points out, “Only a writer with the verve, daring, and great talent of Greg Olear could pull off a novel that deals with sippy cups, masturbation, autism spectrum disorder, affairs, and play-dates all at once.”


About Greg Olear

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Greg Olear is the senior editor of the lit blog The Nervous Breakdown and the author of the novel Totally Killer. His work has appeared in therumpus.net, Babble.com, themillions.com, Chronogram, and Hudson Valley Magazine. A professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College, he lives with his family in New Paltz, New York.
Published October 4, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 323 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stay-at-home-dad, or oh-so-very SAHD dad, Josh Lansky is not just another Mr. Mom -- he's the original fathermucker, and he's having one hell of a Friday.

Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Fathermucker: A Novel

Open Letters Monthly

So Josh Lansky’s almost compulsive invocation of pop touchstones not only grounds the story in the moment, it gives voice to that particular yearning for currency: I know who the Damned were, but I know who Lady Gaga is as well (and I also know that the original Duke Reid was the Jamaican-born pr...

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Fathermucker: A Novel

Red Room

Babysitters are Saudi Arabia, we parents are the United States, and the hours they spend watching our children are the barrels of oil deep beneath the desert sand.” Lansky’s no superhero, but manages to be heroic in dealing with embarrassing public meltdowns under eyes that always seem judgmental.

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The Nervous Breakdown

This is the best thing I’ve ever written, and if it winds up being the best thing I ever write, well, I’m good with that.

Oct 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Fathermucker: A Novel

The Nervous Breakdown

I’m not consciously jealous of anyone, and I’m certainly not jealous of Dan, who’s a stranger to me in word and in person, though I’ll allow that I’m bitter in a general sense.

May 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Fathermucker: A Novel


Josh Lansky, titular character of New Paltz resident Greg Olear’s rich Fathermucker, is primary caregiver to willful three-year-old Maude and brilliant-but-difficult five-year-old Roland, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

Oct 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Fathermucker: A Novel

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