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A Lion In The Snow

James M. Chesbro

When his wife was pregnant, James M. Chesbro started having daydreams of seeing a lion in his street, padding toward his house through the snowflakes of a New England storm. He felt more like a son, still grieving over the early loss of his own father, rather than a prepared expectant-dad. In these essays, Chesbro finds himself disoriented and bewildered by fatherhood again and again as he explores the maddening moments that provide occasions for new understandings about our children and us.

A Lion in the Snow is a contemporary father’s field guide, a husband’s compendium, and a wife’s glimpse into the turning mind of a spouse in the grounded prose of domestic conflict.


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"James Chesbro writes with equal measure of heart and smarts, patiently braiding together threads of family, loss, memory, and fatherhood until we, the reader, become unraveled. His richly textured, sensory-driven prose reveals the hidden meaning and emotional stakes that shimmer beneath everyday activities as simple as mowing the lawn."

Steven Church, author of One with the Tiger and Ultrasonic, Founding and Nonfiction Editor for The Normal School


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About the Author

James M. Chesbro’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, America, The Writer’s Chronicle, Brain, Child Magazine, Essay Daily, and The Huffington Post. His essays are notable selections in The Best American Essays series 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, as well as The Best American Sports Writing 2014. He teaches at Fairfield College Preparatory School.

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