Coupon
Best Boy
by Eli Gottlieb


Overview - New York Times Editor's Choice People Magazine Pick of the Week A Washington Post Notable Book Library Journal Top Ten Books of 2015 BookPage Top Five Books of 2015 For fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.  Read more...

 
Hardcover
  • $24.95

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock Online.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 3 copies from $16.61
 
 
 
 

More About Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
 
 
 
Overview
New York Times Editor's Choice People Magazine Pick of the Week AWashington Post Notable Book Library Journal Top Ten Books of 2015 BookPage Top Five Books of 2015 For fans ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781631490477
  • ISBN-10: 1631490478
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 256


Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Family Life

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Todd Aaron has lived at the Payton Living Center, a therapeutic community for those with autism, for more than 40 years. Known as the “village elder,” he passes his time working with the center’s grounds crew, or serving hot lunch at a local school. But when a new roommate, the brain-injured, abrasive Tommy Doon, and a new staff member, Mike Hinton, suddenly appear, Todd’s quiet existence begins to unravel. Mike reminds Todd of his abusive dead father and uses Todd as cover to assist him in devious acts, while Tommy spends his time yelling at Todd and searching for whatever dark secrets his roommates may have. Added to this is the arrival of Martine, a one-eyed resident who takes a shine to Todd, and whom he admires. Pressure builds, and Todd decides his best option is to escape the center and make his way back to his hometown and his wealthy brother. The latest from Gottlieb (The Boy Who Went Away) is written through the perspective of Todd: his voice is spectacular, oscillating between casual and obsessive and frequently challenging the stereotypes that haunt those with autism and similar conditions. The story will appeal to a very broad range of readers: it’s a fast read, and the plot is never less than captivating. Some narrative threads dissolve, but the conclusion is very satisfying, and Gottlieb’s attention to crafting Todd’s internal monologue is something to behold. (Aug.)

 
BAM Customer Reviews