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My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married

Joey Franklin

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 11/2015
Pages: 192
Subject: Biography and Autobiography
eBook ISBN: 9780803284821


Modern manhood is confusing and complicated, but Joey Franklin, a thirtysomething father of three, is determined to make the best of it. In My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married, he offers frank, self-deprecating meditations on everything from male-pattern baldness and the balm of blues harmonica to grand theft auto and the staying power of first kisses. He riffs on cockroaches, hockey, romance novels, Boy Scout hikes, and the challenge of parenting a child through high-stakes Texas T-ball. With honesty and wit, Franklin explores what it takes to raise three boys, succeed in a relationship, and survive as a modern man. My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married is an uplifting rumination on learning from the past and living for the present, a hopeful take on being a man without being a menace to society.   Access free teaching resources.


Joey Franklin is an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. His writing has appeared in the Writer's Chronicle, Poets and Writers magazine, the Norton Reader, and Gettysburg Review. His piece "Working at Wendy's" won the 2006 Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers contest.


"Compassionate, clear-headed, reliable, and funny. If a book could be the best man at my wedding, I'd choose this one."—Dinty W. Moore, author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy 

"Curious yet compassionate, deft yet relentlessly frank, Joey Franklin explores the inner lives of men, reveals the intimacies and complexities of marriage and fatherhood, and dignifies the lives of ordinary people—all in utterly lucid and graceful prose."—Lia Purpura, author of Rough Likeness: Essays

"Traversing the distance between the love notes penned in middle school and Shakespearean sonnets, Joey Franklin's essays are marvels of balance and surprise, ordinary life and soulful loving, careful listening and the drive to connect. . . . If the culture is awash in hyperbole, as Franklin suspects, this book—graceful and disarming—is our antidote."—Mary Cappello author of Awkward: A Detour and Called Back