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Author Matthews, Sebastian, 1965-

Title In my father's footsteps / Sebastian Matthews.

Published New York : Norton, [2004]
©2004

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 UniM Bail  975.688 MATT    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 278 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Crossing the Threshold 13 -- Song for My Father 33 -- Separating 46 -- Back & Forth 66 -- Change of Address 85 -- Bachelor Life 100 -- Homecoming 118 -- Ruining the New Road 136 -- Same Old Leaf 156 -- Refuge of the Road 173 -- Barking at My Reflection 192 -- Why I'm Staying 211 -- Goodbye Porkpie Hat 235 -- After All 262.
Summary William Matthews was a much-admired, award-winning poet and teacher who lived hard and died suddenly in 1997 at the age of fifty-five. He was a jazz fan, a wit and raconteur, a connoisseur of fine food and wine, and a thrice-married womanizer. This clear-eyed, often wryly funny memoir pays homage to a charismatic father as his son struggles to step out from his father's considerable shadow. In examining his father's death (and life), Sebastian Matthews explores his own chaotic past. A child of divorce, he was shuttled throughout his boyhood between parents and many geographies. In a confusing symbiotic time between Bill's marriages, the teenage son and his father "were roommates and drinking buddies -- I took care of him; he parented me." Later came the son's wanderings, the failed commitments. Finally Sebastian learns to confront Bill's mixed legacy. Striving to emulate the best of that "sad, happy man," he discovers new definitions of home, love, and marriage.
Subject Matthews, Sebastian, 1965-
Matthews, Sebastian, 1965- -- Family.
Matthews, William, 1942-1997.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
College teachers -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- Biography.
Asheville (N.C.) -- Biography.
ISBN 0393057380 (hardcover)