By Chris Bachelder
In Abbott we see a modern day Sisyphus: he's the exhausted father of a full of life two-year previous, the ruminative husband of a pregnant insomniac, and the harassed proprietor of a terrified puppy. faced via a flooded basement, a damaged fridge, a urine-soaked carpet, and a literal snake within the woodpile, Abbott endures the wonder and hopelessness of every second, frequently whereas considering evolutionary historical past, altruism, or the passage of time.
An expectant father and collage instructor on summer time holiday, Abbott tackles the agonizing chores of every day, laboring for peace in his loved ones and suffering to maintain his daughter fresh and satisfied, all whereas staving off an apprehension of failure as a dad or mum, or even as a individual. As he cleans vehicle seats, forgets to use solar block, clips his dog’s nails, attire his daughter out of season, and makes unsuccessful furniture-buying journeys along with his spouse, his brain performs out an unrelenting sequence of paradoxical reflections. Abbott’s pensive self-doubt involves a head in the future in overdue June as he cleans vomited raspberries out of his daughter’s vehicle seat and realizes: “The following propositions are either real: (A) Abbott wouldn't, given the chance, swap one major portion of his lifestyles, yet (B) Abbott can't stand his life.”
Composed of small moments of household ask yourself and terror, Abbott Awaits is a captivating tale of misadventure, nervousness, and the typical battles and triumphs of parenthood.
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