Academic journal article Language Arts

The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers

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The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers Written by Avi Candlewick, 2016, 224 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-8111-1

Avi's latest short story collection begins with a question: "What's the most important thing you can do for your son?" (unpaged). While the question is directed at fathers, the seven short stories that follow are most definitely written for their tween sons and daughters. Fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, and sons and soon-to-be-stepdads are the featured characters. In fiction, as in life, some fathers and grandfathers disappoint while others inspire. In one story, a grandson serves as the very dream catcher for whom his grandfather has been searching for more than a generation, unlocking the secrets of his tour of duty in Vietnam. In another, the protagonist and his brand new stepmother are each surprised to discover that the other exists. …

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