Roughhouse Friday

A Memoir by Jaed Coffin

  • Published: Aug 25, 2020

"Jaed Coffin narrates these personal stories of his encounters.. His quiet, calm narration has a steady, honest tone as he describes his upbringing, his relationship with his father, and the low-level fights that take him around Alaska." AudioFile... read more

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Details of Roughhouse Friday

Exact title of the book
Roughhouse Friday
Book author
Jaed Coffin
ISBN
9781250234018
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Jun 18, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Jaed Coffin narrates these personal stories of his encounters.. His quiet, calm narration has a steady, honest tone as he describes his upbringing, his relationship with his father, and the low-level fights that take him around Alaska." AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author. A beautifully crafted memoir about fathers and sons, masculinity, and the lengths we sometimes go to in order to confront our past.

While lifting weights in the Seldon Jackson College gymnasium on a rainy autumn night, Jaed Coffin heard the distinctive whacking sound of sparring boxers down the hall. A year out of college, he had been biding his time as a tutor at a local high school in Sitka, Alaska, without any particular life plan. That evening, Coffin joined a ragtag boxing club.

For the first time, he felt like he fit in. Coffin washed up in Alaska after a forty-day solo kayaking journey. Born to an American father and a Thai mother who had met during the Vietnam War, Coffin never felt particularly comfortable growing up in his rural Vermont town.

Following his parents prickly divorce and a childhood spent drifting between his fathers new white family and his mothers Thai roots, Coffin didnt know who he was, much less what path his life should follow. His fathers notions about what it meant to be a manformed by King Arthur legends and calcified in the militarydid nothing to help. After college, he took to the road, working odd jobs and sleeping in his car before heading north.

Despite feeling initially terrified, Coffin learns to fight. His coach, Victor "the Savage," invites him to participate in the monthly Roughhouse Friday competition, where men contend for the title of best boxer in southeast Alaska. With every successive match, Coffin realizes that he isnt just fighting for the championship belt; he is also learning to confront the anger he feels about a past he never knew how to make sense of.

Deeply honest and vulnerable, Roughhouse Friday is a meditation on violence and abandonment, masculinity, and our inescapable longing for love. It suggests that sometimes the truth of whats inside you comes only if you push yourself to the extreme.

About author

Coffin is the author of the memoir A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants and teaches in the University of New Hampshires MFA creative writing program. He lives in Brunswick, New Hampshire.

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