A Novel

eBook - 2014
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From the acclaimed and award-winning author: a beguiling new novel about an eavesdropping boy working to discover the obscure mysteries of his unraveling family. He uncovers instead what he least wants to know: the workings of his parents' private lives. And even then he can't stop snooping. Miles Adler-Rich, helped by his friend Hector, spies and listens in on his separating parents. Both boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is "pretty for a mathematician." They rifle through her dresser drawers and strip-mine her computer diary, finding that all leads pull them straight into her bedroom, and into questions about a stranger from Washington, D.C., who weaves in and out of their lives. Their amateur detective work starts innocently but soon takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family's well-being, prosperity, and sanity. Once burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil, and proceed to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains and eventually, haltingly, learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385351423
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Feb 02, 2015

A departure from my usual Science Fiction Fantasy reading. I really enjoyed it. Complex characters and storylines merging, crossing paths. A great boyhood friendship, and a view of dissolving and developing relationships from his perspective. Highly recommend.

Jane60201 Sep 01, 2014

An unusual novel about a boy spying on his mother and trying to understand her relationships with her lover and with her ex-husband. The boy has a best friend going through a similar situation with his parents. Eventually, it all turns out ok but it takes a long time to get there.


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