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A Stranger on the Planetby Adam Schwartz
Synopses & Reviews
In the summer of 1969, twelve-year-old Seth lives with his unstable mother, Ruth, and his brother and sister in a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey. His father lives with his new wife in a ten-room house and hasno interest in Seth and his siblings. Seth is dying to escape from his mother's craziness and suffocating love, her marriage to a man she's known for two weeks, and his father's colddisregard.
Over the next four decades, Seth becomes the keeper of his family's memories and secrets. At the same time, he emotionally isolates himself from all those who love him, especially his mother. But Ruth is also Seth's muse, and this enables him to ultimately find redemption, for both himself and his family.
Seth Shapiro, a child of divorce, tries to overcome a childhood spent with a suffocating mother and a cold, indifferent father, as he struggles to break out of his isolation and gain a chance at redemption.
About the Author
\Adam Schwartz is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. His stories have been widely anthologized, and portions of A Stranger on the Planet have previously been published as stories in The New Yorker. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. This is his first novel.
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