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Failure to Thrive

When Canadian reality TV producer Jonathan Farb finds out that he may be dying of a brain tumor on the same day that he catches his wife having an affair with her obstetrician, he makes a pledge: to raise his five month-old son Elliot to manhood before his time is up. Farb’s list of parenting goals range from instilling a religious identification (can a baby be Bar Mitzvahed?), to the importance of Education (The Birds & The Bees), and onto more pressing pursuits like amassing capital for his son's inheritance. Can Farb succeed in getting his reality TV pitch “Canada's Next Great Apologist” greenlit despite the opposition of his antagonistic boss, a pathological fear of public speaking, and his declining mental and physical health? An energetic and ultimately poignant literary debut, Failure To Thrive digs deep into the compromises of marriage, the intensity of parenthood and the love that propels a father in the face of his own mortality to raise his son.


Author Jeff Oliver

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Author Biography

Jeff Oliver is a programming executive at the Food Network and has worked as a producer on shows including Last Comic Standing, Big Brother and the very uncomplicated Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. A graduate of McGill University and Brooklyn College’s MFA in Fiction, his stories have appeared in The Nerve Magazine, Yankee Pot Roast and The Brooklyn Review. He was born in Toronto and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife Liz and son Evan.


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Failure to Thrive,Jeff Oliver, 160 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Novel, November, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-897190-75-3 (paper) . . . $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-897190-76-0 (Bound*) . . . $32.95

* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on
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