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How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsby Garth Stein
Synopses & Reviews
Funny, bewitching, observant.--The Oregonian
Hits all the frets of a powerful story: sharp-witted dialogue, vivid characters, insight into medical challenges and prose that snaps like well-placed plucks of guitar strings. . . . I hold up my lighter and turn it full-flame for Garth] Stein's latest work.Encore --The Seattle Times
Stein handlesthe many narrative elements deftly.--Seattle Weekly
An engrossing family drama.--Publishers Weekly
Evan had a hit single, but that was ten years ago. Thirty-one now, he's drifting, playing in a local band and teaching middle-aged men to coax music from an electric guitar.
Beset at a young age with a life-threatening form of epilepsy, he's kept his condition a secret. But his deepest secret is that he got his high school sweetheart pregnant. Then herconservative parents whisked her out of Seattle and out of Evan's life.
Now, fourteen years later, he experiences unplanned parenthood when he undertakes to raise the resentful teenage sonhe's never known.
Off beat and disarming, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets portrays a contemporary American family with unfailinghonesty.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When his son's mother dies and leaves him a single parent to Dean, a fourteen-year-old boy he has never met, Evan Wallace is forced to confront his music career and his epilepsy.
About the Author
Garth Stein is a former documentary filmmaker. How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets is his second novel; his first, Raven Stole the Moon, was published by Pocket Books. His third novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, will be published by HarperCollins in May 2008. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.
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