Adventures in the Land of Single-fatherhoodBook - 2008
How is a single dad supposed to navigate a new girlfriend into and out of his California king bed without his son or daughter noticing? For Trey Ellis, raising children while trying to find his way through the unfamiliar nuances of the contemporary dating scene as a single father has been a a sometimes nerve-racking challenge.
A Don Juan with a heart of gold, Ellis tracks both his sexy life as a swinging single father--his dates have included a model, a French actress, and even an Italian contessa--and his nurturing and loving relationship with his two young children. The result is Bedtime Stories, a charmingly poignant and hilarious story that shows what happens when the glamorous life of an LA singleton collides with the life of a less than glamorous dad who eats frozen dinners and changes dirty diapers.
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Father of two laments his failed marriage, then dives into Los Angeles's dating pool.American Book Award winner Ellis (Right Here, Right Now, 1999, etc.) begins his chatty, slow-paced memoir with the collapse of his nine-year marriage to Anna, a restless beauty who found life-altering enlightenment with New Age spirituality. Despite desperate sessions with a marriage counselor, Anna insisted that she and Ellis begin "sharing each other with the world" and eventually left him and their young children. Dejected, Ellis refocused his energies on Chet and Ava, not wanting to become, as he writes, yet another member of the neglectful group of single black fathers "more renowned for our absence than our presence." Meanwhile, Anna changed her name to Carmen, got dreadlocks and introduced boyfriend Doug, a "white rasta shaman." Ellis stayed busy writing fiction and screenplay adaptations, and soon his grief was replaced by a sense that he should move on as well and not be mired in the same dismal relationship trenches his parents were stuck in when he was growing up. Fast approaching 40, he carried on with divorce proceedings, vigorously house-hunted, embraced Mr. Mom-hood and entered Southern California's dating scene by calling up women who had expressed an interest in him back when he was with Anna/Carmen. Sabina wanted more than Ellis could give; former nanny Angela and current nanny Lucia didn't fare much better
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