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Studies of black fatherhood have focused largely on the absence of or problems with black fathers, overlooking those fathers who, in fact, take sole care of their children. Ironically, then, absent black fathers are present everywhere, in the literature and popular consciousness, while present black fathers are effectively absent, writes Coles. Coles (social & cultural sciences, Marquette Univ.), an expert on families and race, makes a major contribution to the literature on single black custodial fathers. Her study is exploratory and descriptive, offering an examination of the meaning of fatherhood held by the 20 single black custodial fathers she interviewed. Although her findings cannot be generalized (her study does not claim to be representative), her work offers a rich picture of fatherhood embodied by the fathers she interviewed. She discusses themes such as possible differences between raising daughters and sons, getting parenting advice, and talking about racial discrimination with one's children. An important book that gets this best-kept secret out in the open.