After three decades of being a father, Clyde Edgerton-with four kids ranging in age from six to 30-is supremely qualified to give tips to dads of all ages. His fathering advice, pre-birth through schooling, involves plenty of his trademark humor, but also sound guidance enhanced by his training and experience as an educator.

Papa Edgerton suggests that on occasion a father might forego reading and just point to the pictures of dogs and cats in baby books, and also that he might place a blanket on the lawn, lie on his back with the whole family, and watch Sky Television. Edgerton’s humorous and helpful counsel will guide new parents on interacting with in-laws and coping with sleep deprivation, while also providing strategies for recovery after you’ve cursed in front of a mimicking baby.

“If you don’t feel apprehensive just before your first child is to arrive, you are abnormal,” writes Edgerton. Yet by way of his experience, observation, and imagination, he provides caution and pure joy in equal measure.

“Edgerton is so, so funny. He captures the rainbows, cheap thrills, and irritating potholes of parenting with splendid understatement.”-Library Journal

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"He masterfully conveys the reality of everyday Southern life in the early '60s."—Kevin O'Kelly, Boston Globe
"This novel simply and powerfully shows how music creates inclusivity, brings out our inherent goodness, and helps us express love."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The work of a generous, restrained writer whose skill and craft allows small scenes to tell a larger, more profound story."—Publishers Weekly
"Like Charles Dickens, Edgerton is a comic novelist of serious subjects who floats from character to character."—Washington Post
"Masterful scenes, rendered with the author's trademark poker face and keen ear for dialogue."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The Night Train...evokes Harper Lee's work without in any way imitating it."—Greensboro News and Record
"When it comes to contemporary fiction, Edgerton is the godfather of soul."—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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