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"Ryan Knighton can't see, true. But his capacity to look inward, to create a landscape of what it is to be
a blind parent, is nothing short of profound. He's also hilarious, and I'm warning you, you're going to cry, too.
C'mon Papa is a memoir like no other, about a life like no other."
-Alicia Erian, author of
c'mon papa

C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark

You can study the ultrasounds, ask a multitude of questions, and buy stuff-- unimaginable heaps of stuff-- but nothing prepares you for that first year of parenthood’s intensity and confusion. There’s plenty to feel anxious about— from figuring out how to work a diaper to divining why the baby is wailing at three in the morning—and the sleep deprivation only magnifies every challenge.

Now imagine doing all of it blindfolded. 

Imagine trying to see your child through the tiniest sliver of sight you have left in your right eye. Imagine going for a walk in the chaotic streets of Vancouver with a three-month-old strapped to your chest, hoping you don’t go barreling into a pole, or worse.  Imagine the baby silently toddling away and your only hope is she will respond to your calls. If you can imagine this, you will begin to see fatherhood as Ryan Knighton sees it, or, more accurately, doesn’t see it.

From Ryan’s unforgettable story emerges a freshly distilled and compassionate (as well as ridiculously funny) version of fatherhood—of caring for anyone beyond yourself, really. In Ryan’s struggle to “see” his baby daughter, Tess, he re-imagines for all of us the potent and mysterious relationship between parent and child that comes before language. Incredibly honest and wry, Ryan introduces us to a remarkable family, one bound by its father’s particular darkness and peculiar light.


"Every new parent behaves like they're the first human to have given birth, and you don't always want to be seated beside them at a dinner party. What makes Knighton special is that, being blind, he's exquisitely attuned to every detail of the experience, every moment of joy and embarrassment, in a way that can make the merely sighted feel, frankly, unperceptive. His book made me want to have another kid, just to see what I missed the first time round."
-Daniel Richler, author of
 Kicking Tomorrow

"A warm, insightful and very funny book. Knighton is a writer you enjoy in the moment and think about later."
-Timothy Taylor, author of
 Stanley Park

"Painfully funny. Whether he's writing about getting run over, role-playing a cervix, or losing his infant daughter
in the snow, Knighton is wise, witty, moving and assured."
-Annabel Lyon, author of  
The Golden Mean


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