Writer Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) has a rare gift for storytelling, but is he strong enough to convey his own nightmare as the father of a savant? The answer, as seen in his new novel Father’s Day, is an overwhelming yes. The memoir follows Bissinger and his son Zach on a road trip as they visit different places where the family has lived. Bissinger’s son is both mentally gifted and handicapped — he has an amazing memory and other skills, but is unable to navigate everyday tasks.
The poignant book reveals how Zach’s mind works, uncovering what it’s like to live in his world. To look at life with a disabled child head-on in the pages of Father’s Day requires a steadfast courage from readers, but the reward is a rare glimpse at an incomparable connection between a special father and his even more special son. 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com.
Tue., May 22, 2012