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.
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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