Posted on June 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

For much of his son Zach's life, writer Lawrence Tabak tried to pass his love of reading on to him.

Not through harsh, judgmental methods, but through careful recommendations and, much later, through writing a book aimed to appeal to Zach and kids like him — kids who were fascinated by strategy games and how to excel at them.

Tabak did publish that book, In Real Life, the story of a gifted math student who aspires to join the lucrative world of professional esports.

A publisher even picked it for their young-adult line. Zach was working on reading the manuscript copy when his life was tragically cut short at age twenty-six.

Tabak reminisces beautifully and regretfully about his son's history with reading in an essay over at The Millions.

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