A young man with an absent father faces a considerable and well-documented number of social, academic and emotional deficiencies because of a lack of mentoring from his father guide. In his new book, Port Colborne author James Cloughley addresses these issues as well as the uncomfortably new and unfamiliar role men have in the post-feminist world. “A Man's Work Is Never Done...A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons" was released in Canada on November 30, 2011
“The number of fatherless children continues to rise. As men, we need to take responsibility not just for being a parent but to be mentors to our sons,” explains Cloughley. He goes on to say that there are definite issues to deal with in a young man’s world that only another male can help him with. Some of those are outlined in the book as well.
Written as a novel, the book explores the problems young men face today regarding their relationships, their identity and their maturation process when they don’t have a father around. Jacob, a troubled teenage boy, establishes a positive relationship with an older neighbor, who himself is examining his life’s legacy as he faces an inevitable demise.
Their conversations and the situations they face together, and with Jacob’s single mother, uncover many of the lessons our society needs to learn. This book benefits not only fathers, but sons of absent fathers, single mothers who are trying to be both mother and father, grandparents who are now bringing up their children’s children, family relationship counselors and school systems to name a few.