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A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do

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Five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award Pete Fromm joins Counterpoint with his big-hearted new novel, a love story about family full of hope and resiliency 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 ch
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Counterpoint LLC
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Angela M
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The first thing I thought of when I started reading this book was why haven’t I heard of Pete Fromm before now? This is one of those books that for me is hard to review without giving too much away, so I’m not going to focus on the plot, but rather how this book made me feel. Tragedy and grief is so hard to imagine if you haven’t experienced it in the same way as Taz, the main character, but the depth of it is so stunningly depicted here. The word heartbreaking is used pretty often , I think,
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Mary Lins
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How to Do”, by Pete Fromm, starts out about a young couple in love, Taz and Marnie, expecting their first baby, and renovating their home while also looking for work as contractors. And then tragedy strikes, and we have a story about Taz brining his new baby home from the hospital, alone.

Written with pathos AND wit, Fromm masterfully brings us into Taz’ new world. I was amazed at how fascinating the details of new parenthood were from this unique perspective. There a
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Kasa Cotugno
Taz and Melanie are a 20-something couple, partners in every sense of the word. Early on, Melanie dies of a rare pulmonary embolism while giving birth, so Taz is faced with the almost impossible task of single parenthood from day one. His friends rally round, helping him find day care worker, trying to transition him back into the routines of life. This quiet novel examines what it means to grieve, to love, and how to accept life when it seems most cruel.
Jill
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being a parent is a job you mostly won’t know how to do. Particularly if you’re in your twenties and have very little money and your future is a work in progress. And especially if you’re suddenly forced to do it alone and grieving.

That is the situation that Taz finds himself in when he suddenly is plunged head first into fatherhood upon the death of his wife (which occurs right near the book’s beginning). Heartbroken, exhausted, aimless and overwhelmed, Taz barely gets by — and gets by only bec
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Cindy Turner
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t often have the opportunity to start and finish a book in one sitting, but I highly recommend it. Maybe because of my good fortune that day, I find this to be my favorite of Fromm’s novels. I look forward to attending an author event at my local independent bookstore, and asking some personal questions. Surely he will be nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award for the 6th time!!
Leslie Lindsay
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love, Loss, and oh gosh--an old house--a baby, and so much more in A JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO

4.5 stars.

I'm not sure why I haven't heard of Pete Fromm before, but oh--I am so glad I read A JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO (Counterpoint Press, May 7 2019). He's a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and it's evident why: his writing is perceptive, big-hearted, authentic, and razor-sharp. And--it's about renovating an old house, a baby, and so
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Pete Fromm is a five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award for his novels IF NOT FOR THIS, AS COOL AS I AM and HOW ALL THIS STARTED, a story collection, DRY RAIN, and the memoir, INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES. The film of AS COOL AS I AM, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger was released in 2013. He is the author of four other short story collections and has p ...more