"Liar's Poker" author likens fatherhood to trading

Tue Jun 2, 2009 9:48pm EDT
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By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Author Michael Lewis says there really wasn't much difference between being a Salomon Brothers bond trader and becoming a father -- he was woefully ill-prepared for both jobs.

Lewis, who made his reputation by capturing 1980s Wall Street excess in "Liar's Poker," has some unexpected views on domestic life in his latest book "Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood."

"It's 'Liar's Poker,' it's me being plopped down into this situation that I was not prepared for," Lewis said of his newly published book. "The same motivation that I had for writing 'Liar's Poker' was the motivation for this."

"It seemed like a senseless experience, I could not believe this was happening to me, and nothing had prepared me for it," he said.

The book offers a wry view of fatherhood from an author best known for writing about more manly topics, such as business ("The New New Thing") and baseball ("Moneyball.")

Lewis writes candidly about initially feeling scant affection or love for his children and pokes fun at the modern American pact where fathers share child-rearing duties.

"No one explains that it is not necessarily true that when this thing comes into the world that you are going to feel anything in particular for it," Lewis said.

For Lewis, affection for his first child, Quinn, came slowly.   Continued...