600 Hours of Edward

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Edward Stanton is a 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder who tracks his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refuses to start his therapy sessions even one minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watches exactly one episode of Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

When 9-year-old Kyle and his mother move in across the street, Edward’s timetable is upended, and for an exhilarating 600 hours, he opens his door to new neighbors and new ...

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Overview

Edward Stanton is a 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder who tracks his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refuses to start his therapy sessions even one minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watches exactly one episode of Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

When 9-year-old Kyle and his mother move in across the street, Edward’s timetable is upended, and for an exhilarating 600 hours, he opens his door to new neighbors and new problems. The solace of friendship, however, comes with risks — heartache, uncertainty, and change. Ultimately, Edward must decide whether to remain in his rigid, solitary world or embrace the beautiful vagaries of the heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Closing oneself off to the world isn't as bad as it seems. "600 Hours of Edward" tells the story of Edward Stanton, a man facing middle age and his own solitary life. But all barriers eventually crumble, and Edward has only the matter of weeks to decide if he wants to rebuild those walls or see what lies beyond them. "600 Hours of Edward" is a quirky and entertaining novel, highly recommended.
Barbara Lloyd McMichael
"600 Hours of Edward" is an inventive, engaging, surprising book. It is presented in the form of a diary and the one making the assiduously detailed entries is 39-year-old Edward Stanton, a man who is captive to the tics of Asperger Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder....In "600 Hours of Edward," readers are privy to 25 days in which Edward's sequestered life is dealt several unexpected turns. Edward records them in his diary, and frets about how to deal with these disruptions to his routine. His manner of coping is governed by a cognitive style that will seem unconventional to most readers, but the bottom line is that he figures out how to adapt....Some might compare this book to the "Rain Man" movie that starred Dustin Hoffman both, after all, feature a mentally ill person as an intriguing and ultimately endearing central character....In this book, it is Edward who considers life through a very unique lens, and who then acts on what he has learned. As he succinctly puts it, "I'm mentally ill. I'm not stupid."...Lancaster has created a wonderful character and placed him in a memorable story. "600 Hours of Edward" contains humor, sadness, courage, insight, great vocabulary, and more daily temperature data on Billings than you'd ever care to know. Following Edward on his journey is exhausting, yes, but thoroughly addictive as well.
Bellingham Herald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612184104
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 115,593
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Lancaster's road to becoming a published novelist was, like that of many authors, a bit rocky. But the rocks weren't nearly so tough to deal with as the deer. "I crashed a motorcycle at 60 miles per hour on the interstate in July 2008 after a buck jumped out on me," Lancaster says. "Broken ribs, road rash, collapsed lung. It was a mess." A couple of months later, as Lancaster wound down his recuperation, a friend asked him to make a run at National Novel Writing Month, the annual 30-day dash in which writers are challenged to put down at least 50,000 words. It's something Lancaster had attempted before but had never seen through. "I was reluctant to do it again," he says. "I was still in a bit of pain, and I didn't really want to do anything that would lead to more disappointment. "But the more I thought about it, the more excited I got. If you have a traumatic injury and make it through, you can't help but think about the things you've always wanted to do and haven't, for whatever reason. So I took the chance."

The results exceeded his expectations - and exceeded the requirements of the event known as NaNoWriMo. Lancaster wrote nearly 80,000 words in the first 24 days of November 2008, laying the foundation of what would become his debut novel, 600 HOURS OF EDWARD. The story centers on a middle-aged man, Edward Stanton, who has Asperger's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder and has settled into a life largely devoid of human contact. In 25 days one autumn - 600 hours - the world he has kept at bay crashes onto his front step and forces him to deal with the fallout.

Riverbend Publishing of Helena, Montana, released the book in October 2009, to critical acclaim.New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen hailed the book, saying, "Funny and quirky, Lancaster's compulsively readable debut has a heart as big as the Montana sky." Readers who have peeked into Edward's meticulously kept world have fallen in love with the character and the changes that come - not just with him, but with the people around him. For Lancaster, who lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife, Angie, and two rambunctious dachshunds, 600 HOURS OF EDWARD wrenched open a whole new world. The longtime journalist is hard at work on new fiction projects, all of them intensely character-driven. And all because a deer ruined a summer day's ride.

"It sounds cliché, but it's not: Crushing disappointment has a way of leading to things you didn't expect," Lancaster says. "It's part of the human experience. I want to explore that as deeply as I can."

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    A Touching Story!

    All I can say is Wow, what a wonderful book! While a number of books lately have emerged me in a fantasy world, this one grips you into today's world. It was a great change of pace. Edward could be anybody, and I think that's one thing that makes this story so fascinating. From the first page, you get a very intense view of what life is like for Edward. You feel slightly sorry for him, but you begin to understand why it is this way. And then those small little problems that so often happen in life begin to disrupt the perfect little system that Edward has built around himself. I was so impressed with the way the author wrote how Edward handled all of this. It was such a moving story from beginning to end. I felt so connected to Edward, and had a wide range of emotion throughout the story. While the story ended nicely, I wanted more of it. There was just enough at the end that made me wonder if a sequel could be in the works. Overall, I would recommend this to anybody who would enjoy a human interest story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    Wonderful Midlife Coming of Age Story

    Thirty-nine-year old Edward Stanton has obsessive compulsive disorder and Asperger's Syndrome. His illness - the OCD - is treated with medication and therapy, and the Asperger's is just part of who he is: a bright, funny, methodical man who likes concrete facts and predictable routines. Edward has many abilities, but his rigidity and difficulty communicating with others have kept him from holding down a job. He is supported by his father, a wealthy developer and county commissioner.

    Edward is often baffled by other people's behavior, and he vents his frustration by writing letters of complaint. After his complaints to a popular Country-Western singer escalated to the point where he faced legal action, an event later known as "The Garth Brooks Incident," his father decided Edward needed to move out. He now lives in a house his parents purchased and structures his life around careful routines. Edward is sliding into middle age; like T.S. Eliot's J. Edgar Prufrock, he measures out his life in coffee spoons, focusing on quotidian household tasks, errands, visits to his therapist, and his favorite television program, Dragnet.

    However, changes are coming. Through his tentative forays into internet dating, his budding friendship with a neighbor - a single mom recovering from an abusive relationship - and her 9-year-old son, and a crisis that strikes his family, Edward finds his life changed in ways he'd never expected.

    This is not a fast-paced edge-of-your seat kind of story. We're guided through 600 hours of Edward's life, an existence that is defined, in many ways, by repetitive routines. However it is a wonderful character study with several interesting twists. As an Aspergian with OCD, Edward dislikes ambiguity. He has spent his life avoiding shades of gray; as he often tells you, he prefers facts. However he is facing incredibly ambiguous, emotionally laden questions - the kinds of things that often overwhelm "neurotypicals." For example, how do you forgive, and fully love, a parent who has been unkind and has shut you out of his life? What should you do when what you're supposed to do conflicts with what you believe is right? What are the "rules" and boundaries of friendship? And, for God's sake, when you're on a date, how do you figure out what a woman wants? All of this leads to a turning point in Edward's life - a coming of age. And yes, I believe "coming of age" can happen at any stage of life.

    This is a sweet, funny and occasionally heartbreaking debut novel that will appeal to fiction lovers who enjoy character-driven stories. I look forward to seeing what Craig Lancaster creates in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Interesting View of a Man's Life

    This book shows the life over the month of a man called Edward who has Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. This book displays the process of him opening up and letting other people in his life. He starts to go out into the outside world more and even gives online dating a try. His own father practically disowned him after he had an incident with a country singer by buying him a house to live and only communicating to him through his lawyer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

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    This is one of those books that I find difficult to review becau

    This is one of those books that I find difficult to review because so many wonderful things have already been said about it and I just feel like I’m parroting back all the other positive reviews I’ve read.

    600 Hours of Edward is an incredible book. (“That’s my opinion. It’s not fact, although a lot of people agree with me.”)

    As I sit and rack my brain for words that will do this book justice, I realize that I may just not have it in me. Alas, I am merely a reader and hardly ever a writer. There’s too many good things about this book (wait, is that even possible?). It’s well written, interesting, captivating, has a flawed but relatable main character, and hooks you into the story from the very beginning. And, in all honesty, I cannot think of a single thing that I disliked about this book.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves character driven novels or is just interested in reading a fantastic book. As for me, I am looking forward to reading the sequel Edward Adrift.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Truly, this is one of the best books I've ever read. After havin

    Truly, this is one of the best books I've ever read. After having read the synopsis, I never dreamed this story would affect me so. I could NOT put it down; evidence of that is that I'm a slow reader, and I finished it in four days. I'm ecstatic to learn that a "sequel" was published earlier this year. Since I've been teaching almost three decades now, I've had a glimpse at those with Asberger's Syndrome through some of my afflicted students. I always wanted to know just how they perceived the external world, and the voice of Edward Stanton helped me to do that, I think. I've never thought of myself as OCD in any way, but there were moments in this book where I recognized myself in Edward's daily routine and preferences. While parts of the story are heartbreaking, there are many parts that will truly make you laugh out loud. Thank you, Craig Lancaster, for Edward Stanton. He is a joy.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    For the first time in my life, I actually felt like a hypochondr

    For the first time in my life, I actually felt like a hypochondriac. And for a day I thought I had Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, my every movement tracked and accounted for, as my social skills dropped off a precipitous edge, only to return to normal the next day.

    Edward Stanton rocked 600 HOURS OF EDWARD like Mick Jagger in his prime. His head (and mine) filled with numbers, as we tracked weather patterns, wrote letters of discontent, and consumed spaghetti and Diet Dr. Pepper with reckless abandon. And like Joe Friday all we’re after are the facts.

    The voice jolted through my brain like I was driving down the interstate at 70 MPH with the windows down and R.E.M. blaring through the speakers. Possibly even “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” turned up to maximum volume as we cross the border. It was a beautiful feeling, and I’m sorry to say it ended way too soon.

    But it was Edward’s relationship with his father that stood at the center of this novel, defining both he and his dad with every letter and lawyer intervention. Without it, this story would have been a shell of the novel it could have been, even if the words for both Edward and his father didn’t always come out right, or took on new meaning in the course of one social evening.

    Since online dating has become the next big thing, there’re even a few amusing bits about what can go right (and then horribly wrong) in the course of one evening. Edward has his timetable that he follows to the letter, and now I have mine: to purchase EDWARD ADRIFT when it becomes available on my Kindle on April 9.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great read

    I thoroughly enjoyed sharing these hours getting a glimpse of Edward's world. He seems so true to life and you can't help but come to care about him. Great writing and development of the characters and the father/son relationship drama is gripping and terrible as it is human and real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Fantastic!

    Absolutely loved this book!! It opened my mind to things I hadn't thought about, and it touched me .... also made me laugh .... covered all the bases.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    An okay read

    I got this book on the recommendation of a friend who steered me to another Montana author I enjoyed. This book, 600 Hours of Edward, was okay, I suppose. Not great...just okay. Sometimes I felt like it tried hard. I wasn't bad for a first attempt, but I cannot say I'll recommend it.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Brilliant!

    This story follows Edward, a man with Asperger's Syndrome and severe OCD. We spend 600 hours with Edward, while he struggles with many challenges and changes to his normally orderly life. Written in the first person, Craig Lancaster does a brilliant job of portraying the emotions, thoughts, hardships, and triumphs of a mentally ill adult.

    I loved Edward, both the character and the book! Lancaster brings his characters and his readers to an emotional depth not often found in even the most seasoned authors.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    A Must Read book! You'll fall in love with Edward.

    Marking this one as one of my all time favorite reads! This book screams Oprah's Book Club pick, it is that awesome. I hope the author writes a continuation of Edward because I didn't want it to end!
    Edward is 39 and he says he is not stupid, he's mentally ill and stupid he is not.
    Edward has a daily routine; he wakes in the morning, usually between 7:37 to 7:40 and he'll tell you that he has waken at 7:37 15 times this year, 7:38 221 times and 7:39 22 times because he documents the time when he wakes up every morning. He also reads the newspaper a certain way and he documents the weather from the previous day.
    Edward is a loner, he keeps to himself and doesn't talk to people if he doesn't have to but Edward decides after seeing the happy commercials about finding your soul mate to sign up to Montana Personal Connect. He tried EHarmony but they couldn't find anyone for him. This starts his "normal" life to twist and turn in a downhill spiral but the end was very sweet.
    I'm not going to say any more because I would spoil it for you. You just have to read it!!

    From the back of the book:

    "Edward Stanton is a man hurtling headlong toward middle age. His mental illness has led him to be sequestered in his small house in a small city, where he keeps his distance from the outside world and the parents from whom he is largely estranged.
    For the most part, Edward sticks to things he can count on... and things he can count. But over the course of 25 days (or 600 hours, as Edward prefers to look at it) several events puncture the walls Edward has built around himself.
    In the end, he faces a choice: Open his life to experience and deal with the joys and heartaches that come with it, or remain behind his closed door, a solitary soul."

    T. L Hines, author of Faces in the Fire and Waking Lazarus says:
    " This is the rare book that stay with you long after you read the last page. With shades of Flowers for Algernon, author Craig Lancaster doesn't just give life to Edward Stanton's world; he gives life to the reader's world" ---- That really says it all, its so true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    Fantastic

    600 Hours of Edward is a phenomenal novel. From the very beginning I was completely hooked. The character of Edward is endearing and off-beat at the same time. My only regret is that I didn't save this book as my book-club choice----I would have LOVED to have someone to discuss it with.

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