Casebook (Large Print / Hardcover)

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From the acclaimed and award-winning author of "Anywhere But Here" and "My Hollywood, " a powerful new novel about a young boy's quest to uncover the mysteries of his unraveling family. What he discovers turns out to be what he least wants to know: the inner workings of his parents' lives. And even then he can't stop searching.
Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is "pretty for a mathematician." They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C.
Their amateur detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family's well-being, prosperity, and sanity. Burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil and concoct modes of revenge on their villains that are both hilarious and naive. Eventually, haltingly, they learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.
"Casebook" brilliantly reveals an American family both coming apart at the seams and, simultaneously, miraculously reconstituting itself to sustain its members through their ultimate trial. Mona Simpson, once again, demonstrates her stunning mastery, giving us a boy hero for our times whose story remains with us long after the novel is over.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mona Simpson is the author of "Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, " and "My Hollywood." "Off Keck Road" was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Heartland Prize fromof the "Chicago Tribun"e. She has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace--Reader's Digest Writers'' Award, and, recently, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Simpson is on the faculty at UCLA and also teaches at Bard College. "From the Hardcover edition."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410471994
ISBN-10: 1410471993
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2014
Pages: 521
Language: English
Series: Basic