A Novel of Self-Reflective Masculinity - Justin Lioi, LCSW - Brooklyn, NY

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let-me-be-frank-with-youAll therapists have different levels of what they share about themselves with clients. Each month Jessica Fowler on her website JLF Counseling Services gives you a glimpse into the literary-ness of your shrink with What Your Therapists Are Reading. I’ve linked you to the June 2015 post, but there are others.

This is my second time participating and I was happy to talk about a great book that I finally got around to reading: Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford. It’s actually the fourth book in an amazing series of novels:

  • The Sportswriter
  • Independence Day
  • The Lay of the Land

Each novel follows Frank Bascombe as he narrates discussions of grief with the loss of a child, divorce, midlife career changes–and with the last book–living in Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. I’d probably recommend that you read them in order, but you don’t have to. Let Me Be Frank With You is actually four short novels (novelettes?, novelas?) and may be the last go-round with Frank.

Let me know what you think.


Justin Lioi, LCSW is a men’s mental health and relationship expert based in Brooklyn, NY (and online throughout New York State and internationally.) He received his degree from New York University and has been working with men and their families for over 10 years. Justin is on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers and writes a weekly column for the Good Men Project called Unmasking Masculinity. He can be found on local and national podcasts talking about assertiveness, anger, self-compassion, all with the goal of becoming the man you want to be. He works with all men but has a particular focus on providing counseling for fathers (and guys hoping to become dads!)