There was a review in the Winnipeg Free Press by Ria Julien a few days ago on a new, comedic book about Generation X men in midlife crisis. The title is the ingenious Dadolescence. Here is an excerpt:
“Each morning, after sending off his wife, Julie, and their 12-year-old son, Sean, Bill turns his attention to the daily task of being an overeducated underachiever.
“He prefers making lengthy to-do lists, prioritizing trips to the dry cleaner and near obsessive muffin-making over finishing his dissertation.
“Despite his professional shortcomings, Bill and his family are cheerful. But when Julie’s MBA-wielding ex-boyfriend, Blake, returns to Winnipeg, and the two families meet at Blake’s Wellington Crescent home, Bill begins to question his adequacy as a father and husband…”
The author of the book is Canadian Bob Armstrong. A former newspaper reporter, he now makes his career in public affairs. He is currently the speech writer for the Lt. Governor of Manitoba.
Dadolescence sounds like a perfect fall read for the Generation X man in your life. It’s available from Amazon and Turnstone Press.
Have you ever witnessed men in midlife crisis? What did you observe?