It takes all types. Of dads, that is. They run the gamut, from warm to distant to the type that forces you to shoot a deer in the face.
Well, maybe there aren’t many fathers who arm their young sons, don them in camouflage and send them into the woods. There are probably even less who move their entire families to rural Mississippi for that purpose. But there’s at least one: Harrison Scott Key’s father, the subject of Key’s memoir The World’s Largest Man.
Though the book includes touching moments, it’s first and foremost a comedy. A name it lives up to; it’s impossible to turn a page without falling into a fit of gut-busting laughter. That’s for the best, as Key’s father is often portrayed as … well, difficult.
“I do think when the sadness came, the laughter was a great way to deal with it,” Key says of discovering comedy. But, unlike many comedic memoirs, his book was never a way of working through his relationship with his father. His task was far simpler.
“I started out just wanting to write a funny story,” he says. “I get so frustrated with funny books when you read on the back that it’s ‘laugh out loud funny,’ and I don’t laugh out loud. I wanted to write a book that really did make you laugh, and the laughter doesn’t just die off in the first third.”
In other words, it’s the perfect Father’s Day present (unless, of course, your dad holds shooting things in higher regard than laughter). And we’re giving away three copies for you to give your dad this Father’s Day!
Tell us the strangest lesson your father taught you in the comments below for a chance to win a copy of Key’s sidesplitting memoir.
The contest begins today and ends Sunday, June 14. Official rules here.