Pete Fromm in conversation with PBS's Marcia Franklin
Five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, Pete Fromm joins Counterpoint with his bighearted new novel, a love story about family full of hope and resilience and second chances.
A taciturn carpenter has been too busy putting the final details on others’ homes to pay much attention to his own fixer-upper. But when his wife becomes pregnant with their first child, he realizes he’ll need to apply his art closer to home. For Taz and Marnie, their dreams are coming into focus, sustained by their deep sense of love and now family. The blueprint for the perfect life eludes Taz, plummeting him headfirst into the strange new world of fatherhood, of responsibility and late nights and unexpected joy and sorrow. His journey to make peace with his past and chart out a future with his young daughter will lead him to new revelations about what it means to build a home.
“Oh my God. A brave beauty of a book, A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How to Do is about how heartbreaking tragedy can actually burnish us to a new shine we never could have imagined. About the grace of friends and family, the true depth and patience of love, and the impossible privilege of what it means to be a father, this novel simply glows.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow