Recently retired Golf Magazine editor-in-chief Peper tells a familiar story--about fathers and sons playing golf together--but he manages to avoid the pot bunkers of sentimentality that usually snare similarly inspired memoirists. Peper's story is different because his lens is not always turned to soft focus. Yes, there are the expected teary moments of greenside bonding between Peper and his younger son, Scott, who caught the golf bug at age eight, but those moments are earned by the rest of the story: Peper honestly appraises how his "golf addiction" caused him to be an absentee father to his older son and even, to some degree, an absentee husband. And, yet, Peper also shows the remarkable way that golf brings generations together, overcoming not only the usual trappings of adolescent rebellion but also--and more importantly--the parenting limitations of a fumbling father. This moving but always grounded memoir will strike deep chords for anyone who ever teed it up with Dad.
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