Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans

 A Good and Happy Child
A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans

Book DescriptionThirty-year-old George Davies can't bring himself to hold his newborn son.  After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife has had enough.  She demands that he sees a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees.

The book goes back and forth in time between George as an 11 year old who has recently lost his father and adult George who is keeping a notebook for this therapist.  The writing is amazing, and for a first-time writer, I'm completely impressed!  The story is cohesive, if a bit confusing in places, the characters are well-written.

George as an 11 year old was visited by an invisible "friend" - was it a vision?  was it a product of George's imagination?  Is George insane or in touch with the supernatural?

The book gives readers quite a bit to think about, but doesn't really give many answers - so if you like books that end with a nice, clean finish then this book may not be for you.  But if you like a book that holds you in its grasp, gives you lots of ideas to ponder, and leaves you thinking about it well after you close it up, then I recommend this one.

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