Still looking for a meaningful Father’s Day Gift? SLR contributor Sean Ennis shares the title that most impacted his role as both a son and a father:
When I first read Lewis Nordan’s Music of the Swamp, I was just a son. I laughed and cringed at the bungling of Mr. Mecklin–the well-intentioned lies he told his family, the misguided purchases, even his inadvertent murdering of the local pharmacist. What persists in the collection is the unfailing love a son can have for his imperfect father who is trying so hard.
Now as a father myself, I read the collection with much more sympathy for Mr. Mecklin. I’ve murdered no one, but I hope for the same forgiveness that young Sugar Mecklin affords his father, and hope for the same designation as “magic” from my own son.
Nordan, like many fathers, may be under-appreciated. It would shock me if any father or son couldn’t find themselves in these pages.
“A boy’s utterly helpless love for his utterly hopeless father.”