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Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way in town.

Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian, and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious. They form a punk band called The Rash, and it's clear that the upcoming Methodist Church talent show has never seen the likes of them. Wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.

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"Sebastian Prendergast, the teenage narrator of Bognanni's funny and unique debut, lives in Iowa's first geodesic dome with his grandmother, a devout follower of futurist philosopher Buckminster R. Fuller. But when Nana has a stroke, Sebastian is thrown together with Janice and teenageJared Whitcomb, who were touring the home when Nana was stricken. Soon, Sebastian and Jared form an unlikely bond via the great teenage tradition of punk rock, starting their own band despite the objections of everyone around them and Sebastian's lack of musical ability (holding a guitar for the first time, Jared says, 'Strum,' and Sebastian asks, 'What do you mean?'). And while Jared succeeds to some degree in socializing Sebastian — teaching him about music, smoking, and curse words — Sebastian ends up getting more than he bargained for when the two get caught up in Whitcomb family drama. The boys here don't come of age — girls are just beginning to exist and lifelong struggles are only taking root — but their connection is an honest, noisy, and raucous look at friendship and how loud music can make almost everything better." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Wholly original, "The House of Tomorrow" is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.

Synopsis:

"A funny and unique debut." (Publishers Weekly).

Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much-but he's learned little about girls, junk food, or loud, angry music.

Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and he finds a different kind of tutor in Jared Whitcomb: a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who teaches him the ways of rebellion. Together they form a punk band and plan to take the local church talent show by storm. But when his grandmother calls him back to the futurist life she has planned for him, he must decide whether to answer the call-or start a future of his own.

About the Author

Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee, and his short story "The Body Eternal" was chosen by Stephen King as one of the "100 Most Distinguished Stories of 2006." He once played in a terrible high school punk band.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399156090
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Author:
Bognanni, Peter
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100304
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.40x5.70x1.20 in. 1.05 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 368 pages Amy Einhorn Books - English 9780399156090 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sebastian Prendergast, the teenage narrator of Bognanni's funny and unique debut, lives in Iowa's first geodesic dome with his grandmother, a devout follower of futurist philosopher Buckminster R. Fuller. But when Nana has a stroke, Sebastian is thrown together with Janice and teenageJared Whitcomb, who were touring the home when Nana was stricken. Soon, Sebastian and Jared form an unlikely bond via the great teenage tradition of punk rock, starting their own band despite the objections of everyone around them and Sebastian's lack of musical ability (holding a guitar for the first time, Jared says, 'Strum,' and Sebastian asks, 'What do you mean?'). And while Jared succeeds to some degree in socializing Sebastian — teaching him about music, smoking, and curse words — Sebastian ends up getting more than he bargained for when the two get caught up in Whitcomb family drama. The boys here don't come of age — girls are just beginning to exist and lifelong struggles are only taking root — but their connection is an honest, noisy, and raucous look at friendship and how loud music can make almost everything better." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Wholly original, "The House of Tomorrow" is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A funny and unique debut." (Publishers Weekly).

Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much-but he's learned little about girls, junk food, or loud, angry music.

Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and he finds a different kind of tutor in Jared Whitcomb: a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who teaches him the ways of rebellion. Together they form a punk band and plan to take the local church talent show by storm. But when his grandmother calls him back to the futurist life she has planned for him, he must decide whether to answer the call-or start a future of his own.

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