[Read by Bronson Pinchot]
For fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.
Sent to a ''therapeutic community'' for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the ''Old Fox'' of Payton Living Center. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel ''normal'' again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return ''home'' to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams.
Written astonishingly in the first-person voice of an autistic, adult man, Best Boy -- with its unforgettable portraits of Todd's beloved mother, whose sweet voice still sings from the grave, and a staffer named Raykene, who says that Todd ''reflects the beauty of His creation'' -- is a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget.
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Two decades after his debut novel, The Boy Who Went Away, won the Rome Prize, Eli Gottlieb returns to the subject of autism in this inspired new novel, Best Boy. Gottlieb lives in New York.
''Powerful and engaging.... Gottlieb has created something quite exceptional in [Todd Aaron]. His interior life and psychology are convincingly drawn.... A deeply moving portrait of a kind and gentle soul. Recommended for all readers.'' (Patrick Sullivan - Library Journal, Starred review)
''[An] eloquent, sensitive rendering of a marginalized life.... Gottlieb merits praise for both the endearing eloquence of Todd's voice and a deeply sympathetic parable that speaks to a time when rising autism rates and long-lived elders force many to weigh tough options.'' (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
''Amid the flood of books about autism in childhood comes this gripping novel about the fresher territory of autism in midlife. It is written with elan, wit, and great empathy, and it limns in fiction the crisis our nation faces in real life as we try to construct viable supports for this burgeoning population.'' (Andrew Solomon)
''This astonishing story of goodness and resilience, about the adventure of loving and being loved, is a marvel of Wordsworthian perception, inviting us to behold existence through unclouded eyes, with an unguarded heart, as though we and the world had never grown apart. The music of consciousness playing in these pages will stay with you long after you've finished reading. A literary experience of piercing, invigorating, profound humanity. A homecoming that restores the mind and soul.'' (Walter Kirn)
''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)
''I've fallen in love with Best Boy, touched by its delicacy and fearless truths.'' --(Cynthia Ozick)
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