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Volume 54 (ships August 19)

Indiespensable, Volume 54: Best Boy

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Best Boy

by Eli Gottlieb

Subscribers receive:
* A signed first-edition of Best Boy in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
* A collectible booklet featuring the interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Eli Gottlieb
* Other surprises!

The Boy Who Went Away, Eli Gottlieb's debut autobiographical novel about a boy growing up with an autistic brother, received much critical acclaim and won the Rome Prize. Now, almost two decades later, Gottlieb revisits the topic from the other side in Best Boy. Told from the point of view of Todd Aaron, a man in his 50s who has resided in various "therapeutic communities" since age 11, Best Boy is a tender, revealing look at an adult living with autism. Though previously content in his routines at Payton Living Center, challenging relationships with his roommate, staff members, residents, and brother — his only living relative — bring about big changes in Todd's life. As gripping as it is moving, Best Boy is an immensely gratifying and unforgettable read.

[I]n the way of all things happening for a reason, Gottlieb's marvelous novel has happened so that readers may be in awe of all the universe's creations." —Booklist, Starred Review
Powerful and engaging….Gottlieb has created something quite exceptional." —Library Journal, Starred Review
Best Boy is a remarkable achievement — an intimate and convincing portrayal of what the world looks like from inside the mind of a mentally handicapped but unusually sensitive, observant, and decent man.” —Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize-winning author


Previous Indiespensable installments:

Indiespensable #52

Our Endless Numbered Days

Our Endless Numbered Days

by Claire Fuller

"Fuller's compelling coming-of-age story, narrated from the perspective of Peggy's return to civilization, is delivered in translucent prose….[A] memorable first work from a talent to watch." Kirkus

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Recent Indiespensable posts on PowellsBooks.Blog.

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