Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world s most uncomfortable blow-up bed.Read more...
Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world s most uncomfortable blow-up bed.
As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam s imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one.
Inspired by Keith Stuart s own relationship with his autistic son, A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, funny, and, most of all, true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-21
- Reviewer: Staff
This debut by U.K. video game journalist Stuart is a funny and insightful novel about a neurotypical fathers struggle to connect with his autistic son. The story begins when Alex, a mortgage advisor in Bristol, England, is at a particularly low point in his life. He and his wife Jody have split and are sharing custody of eight-year-old Sam. Alex has lost his job and is crashing at the apartment of his childhood friend Dan. As Alex works through all of this, he spends more time with Sam and they begin to bond in new ways, particularly when they play Minecraft, a video game that encourages creativity and teamwork. Sam gains confidence and even enters a Minecraft competition. The story is inspired by Stuarts own experience with his son, Zac. He writes that Minecraft allowed Zac to express himself and helped his family to see and appreciate him as a funny, imaginative, and perceptive child. This enjoyable novel will also educate readers about autism and the ways family members can connect despite their neurological differences. (Sept.)