Suspense and Obscurity
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Evan cocks his head, unsure how to take her response. But it doesn’t matter
Evan cocks his head, unsure how to take her response. But it doesn’t matter. Before he can think about it long, his request is granted. So casually he hangs his arm around Ellen’s neck and rests his head on her shoulder, turning slightly toward Evan, his green eyes blaring out from their sockets, screaming at Evan that I am yours, yes, I am of you, yes I am. I’m hot, Grandma, the young man complains. This is an old friend of your mother’s, Ellen says deliberately, almost forcing herself to say it, pushing through her misgivings. He’s come from Seattle to pay his respects.
Dean moves his head slightly-a move that might be construed as a nod-pushes back . Not like the many longstanding secrets he’s kept from his parents. Things that are too complicated to unravel at a single gathering. You might want to sit.
He hoists himself from the seat and trudges off, head hanging. Mica watches after him, then reluctantly stands and begins clearing the table. He’s upset with me for leaving, she says.
Evan faces his terrible secrets and must choose to understand and reveal them lest he leave them only half-buried. As in The Art of Racing in the Rain, Mr. Stein's prose is dialogue-driven, visual. I find his writing completely engaging and satisfying. Garth Stein is a talented writer with a vivid imagination, a wide range of experiences and extensive understanding of human nature. I have enjoyed his previous books and decided to read this one. If I had not read his previous books, the summary of the plot may have turned me off. Fortunately I enjoyed the book immensely.
He is reminded of himself, as he has spent long hours in exactly the same pose, thinking about things, or sometimes not thinking at all, just existing. It’s a good bed to exist on. Mica’s gone,. I guess we should talk. You lied about my mother. I didn’t lie- You lied! You’re a liar!. Dean heaves himself out of the bed and thunders past Evan, out into the living room. He goes into the kitchen and throws open the cabinets until he finds Evan’s stash of plastic shopping bags.
In How Even Broke his Head and Other Stories, Garth Stein puts an end to the silence. With cool and measured precision, he introduces us to Evan Wallace, epileptic, and then forces us to watch Evan's ever-so-slow drift toward the inevitable seizure
In How Even Broke his Head and Other Stories, Garth Stein puts an end to the silence. With cool and measured precision, he introduces us to Evan Wallace, epileptic, and then forces us to watch Evan's ever-so-slow drift toward the inevitable seizure. Along the way, somehow, we find ourselves hoping Evan's efforts to ward it off, control his grip on consciousness, will succeed because at stake is the love of his son - a son UNUSUAL SUBJECT HITS HARD. Epilepsy has rarely been examined in fiction. In How Even Broke his Head and Other Stories, Garth Stein puts an end to the silence.
Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean, fourteen years late. The boy had been shuttled secretly to another city, along with his teenaged mother, while still a newborn. Now his mother has passed away, and Evan is it–Dad. An instant single parent. Instead of smiles and gurgles, Dean is full of snarls and resentment.
Garth Stein was born in Los Angeles on December 6, 1964, but spent most of his . How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets (Soho Press, 2005) - Winner of a 2006 PNBA Award.
Garth Stein was born in Los Angeles on December 6, 1964, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Seattle. His father, a Brooklyn native, was the child of Austrian Jewish immigrants, while Stein's Alaskan mother comes from Tlingit and Irish descent . The Art of Racing in the Rain (HarperCollins, 2008) - A New York Times bestseller and winner of a 2009 PNBA Award.
Garth Stein, a former documentary filmmaker, was co-producer of an Academy Award-winning short film. Two character-driven tales conceived and penned by the same sensitive hand
Garth Stein, a former documentary filmmaker, was co-producer of an Academy Award-winning short film. He is the author of the bestselling The Art of Racing in the Rain and Raven Stole the Moon. Two character-driven tales conceived and penned by the same sensitive hand. How Evan Broke his Head and other secrets" is the story of Evan Wallace, 31-years old, a brilliant rock guitarist and musician living alone in his late grandfather's small apartment (with a terrific view). Evan is the son of a prominent Seattle heart surgeon and his obedient wife, and is the older brother to Charlie, a seemingly over-achieving attorney on the partner track.
Funny, bewitching, observant. - The Oregonian "Hits all the frets of a powerful story: sharp-witted dialogue, vivid characters, insight into medical challenges and prose that snaps like well-placed plucks of guitar strings. I hold up my lighter and turn it full-flame for Stein's latest work. Encore!"- The Seattle Times "Compelling.
Suspense and Obscurity
Suspense and Obscurity