My Father, the Pornographer

Editorial reviews

My Father, the Pornographer

It’s a fascinating story, written by a truly gifted author—one that didn’t fall too far from the family tree.

He is, as in his previous work, a captivating storyteller, but self-pity and bitterness, two pitfalls of the genre, occasionally creep into his memoir.

With “My Father, the Pornographer,” Mr. Offutt attempts to make sense of the narrowly rational man who terrorized his family and led a semi-secret professional life.

My Father, the Pornographer is contemporary memoir at its best. It achieves the rare miracle of re-creating the human heart on the page.