About the Book In this real-life Mr. Mom-meets-Baby-Yoda story that will make you both laugh and cry, newborn baby Ethan chooses his self-involved, immature father Jeff as his caregiver--and, in his short ten years of life, helps Jeff come of age and find happiness while together they grapple with major health challenges and a difficult social environment.
A self-involved academic struggling to cope with his own neurological problems, Jeff could hardly take care of himself, let alone a child with special needs, when his son, Ethan, was born. But despite multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, serious breathing and swallowing problems, hearing loss, and a challenging social environment in his first months of life, Ethan thrived--all the while teaching Jeff to take things as they came. And eight years later, the arrival from China of adopted baby sister Penelope took Jeff's on-the-job training to a whole new level.
Ethan's instinct for fun proved the perfect complement to Jeff's determination to live life fully. He died too young, but not before he, Penelope, and their mother, Janet, taught Jeff that the true path to happiness was putting other people's needs before his own--and living in the moment rather than trying to control it.
"About coping, self-sacrifice, and loss, The Fun Master
is a moving memoir by a father who was transformed by his love for his child."--Foreword Reviews
". . . bold and heartwarming . . . a powerful story of one father's journey; a journey that is filled with realities bravely faced . . ."--Readers' Favorite, 5-star review
"In this poignant memoir, Seitzer takes us inside the grueling day-to-day of parents turned inside out by the arrival of a child with intense medical needs, while reminding us that even in the most challenging times the joy and humor that children bring always shines through. And the love. The big, life-changing love."--Nicola Kraus, co-author of The Nanny Diaries
"Jeff Seitzer combines compassion, humor, and hard truths in this artfully written and beautiful story of a father's dedication to his son, Ethan. It is a compelling story of personal growth, triumph over adversity, and love simultaneously both heart wrenching and heartwarming."--George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman, ESPN
"Jeff Seitzer shepherds readers through charming, poignant, and also heartbreaking tales of parenting, adoption, and the loss of a child. Through The Fun Master
, I learned valuable lessons of love and resilience from the point of view of both parent and child, and I am reminded of why I pursued a career in medicine in the first place. This is a must-read for parents and medical professionals alike."--Ron Bahar, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist and author of The Frontman
"Jeff Seitzer writes beautifully about the love between parent and child. You will laugh, cry, and ultimately understand why children are our greatest teachers. Above all, this moving memoir honors his son's incredible impact on everyone he met."--Nadine Kenney Johnstone, author of Of This Much I Am Sure
"If life is learning, Jeff Seitzer is uniquely equipped. Bringing to bear his philosophical voice on the minutiae of raising a child with special needs, Seitzer has created a memoir as self-effacing as it is fearlessly honest."--Sarah Terez Rosenblum, author of Herself When She's Missing
"The Fun Master
brings us face to face with the daily life of parenting a special needs child. Through inspirational writing, you will be taken to the most creative places in your mind and soul following this dad's transformation through the complex role of fathering. An extraordinary, heartfelt story of loving and letting go."--Anna Penenberg, author of Dancing in the Narrows
"Beautifully told and deeply moving--a gripping tale about infinite joy and sadness alike, and about the ironies that life contains. It takes a powerful writer like Seitzer to treat these ironies with the right mix of involvement, distance, and wonder, and to show the impossible--namely how to reconcile the unreconcilable."--Rainer Forst, winner of the Leibniz Prize and author of Toleration in Conflict
"Jeff Seitzer has penned a beautiful memoir detailing the struggles of a faither with CMT. I found this book funny, inspiring and full of love. I hope he writes many more! "--Clark Semmes, author of The Tribe of Thin Ankles
"Beautifully crafted memoir."--Heather Harpham, author of Happiness: A Memoir
"If you like memoirs that are written beautifully and manage to quickly tug at your heartstrings, then you won't want to overlook The Fun Master
."--Pick a Good Book review
"Jeffrey Seitzer combines compassion, humor, and hard truths in this artfully written and beautiful story of a father's dedication to his son, Ethan. It is a compelling story of personal growth, triumph over adversity, and love simultaneously both heart-wrenching and heartwarming."--George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman, ESPN