A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do: A Novel

A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do: A Novel

by Pete Fromm


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An Amazon Top Ten Book of May 2019

Five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award Pete Fromm returns with his big-hearted new novel, a love story about family and resiliency and second chances. For young couple Taz and Marnie, their fixer-upper is the symbol of their new life together: a work in progress, the beginning of something grand, all the more so when they learn a baby is on her way. But the blueprint for the perfect life eludes Taz when Marnie dies in childbirth, plummeting the taciturn carpenter headfirst into the new, strange world of fatherhood alone, a landscape of contradictions, of great joy and sorrow. With a supporting cast as rich and compelling as the wild Montana landscape, the novel follows Taz's first two years as a father—a job no one can be fully prepared for.

With more than eleven books in over twenty years, Pete Fromm has become one of the West’s best literary legends. A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How To Do beautifully captures people who end up building a life that is both unexpected and brave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640091771
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 540,728
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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; the story collection Dry Rain; and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. He is on the faculty of Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program, and lives in Montana with his family. Find out more at petefromm.com.

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LeslieLindsay 13 days ago
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 much more. Taz and Marnie are crazy in love. They are living in a fixer-upper with lots of dreams and countless projects. But Taz, a handyman/carpenter/cabinetmaker is a bit too overwhelmed with outside jobs to really give his heart to his own house. And then there's a baby on the way--so he better get busy. Without going into too many plot details, A JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO is about throwing out the blueprint for the perfect life and making sense of what's presented. It's about joy and heartache, trauma, and resiliency. I absolutely loved the metaphors of the house being like the body, the mind, always a work-in-progress. Lots of great references to homes, architecture, woodworking, and renovations. The prose absolutely sings. There's love and loss and second chances; touches of nature, and a clear character arc. Plus, wit. Plenty of wit and subtle humor balancing out the tragedy. Around the 3/4 mark, I found myself wanting it to wrap up because I thought the ending was a bit predictable, but still...I loved the journey, the writing and I didn't really want to leave these characters. A JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO reminded me a bit of STARTER HOUSE (Sonja Condit) meets STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY (Katharine Weber), both wonderful books combing homes, loss, and love. L.Lindsay|Always with a Book