Evison's debut-of love and loss, growing up, throwing up and moving on-is a stunner. William Miller Jr. is a scrawny loner whose mother dies of cancer when he is seven years old, leaving him an awkward vegetarian with an ominously macho father and idiot twin brothers in mid-1970s Santa Monica. William's father, Big Bill, remarries a grief counselor named Willow, and Will spends the following decades in love with Louisa (Lulu, as she prefers to be called), his new stepsister. They are close throughout adolescence, but after a summer at cheerleading camp, Lulu returns home distant and hostile, leaving Will to pine for her in solitary desperation. Will finally appears to be on the path to normalcy in the early 1990s when he lucks into a radio talk-show hosting gig, but the stroke of good fortune is short-lived, as he discovers things about Lulu he'd rather not know. Evison provides readers a viciously funny and deeply felt portrayal of a blended family and one man's thwarted longing. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new step-mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and… See more details below
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Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new step-mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair. Once Lulu departs for college, Will goes into the world to find himself discovering Western philosophy, a cruel dating world, enduring friendship, and, ultimately, his true calling. Emboldened by his turn as a late-night radio personality, Will rescues himself from the self-image of weakness he'd long wished to escape. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from and the endless possibilities of where we may go.
—Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
Time Out Chicago
“A knockout, . . . a debut novel worth getting excited about.”
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
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Jonathan Evison has worked a wide array of jobs from syndicated talk radio host to rotten tomato sorterin the former role, his comedy show Shaken Not Stirred” was nominated for two Peabody Awards. He has received two Silver Microphones, and two Communicators and was frequently nominated for the Soundie Award. This is his first novel.
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Could not put it down!
Attatched to the Main character from the very beginning....well written and interesting.
I did like this book as an escape. I liked the characterizations. There was a hint of suspense in the book...the underlying mystery. Ok for a quick summer read.
I loved this book and I hope Jonathan Evison writes many more. It was well written and the characters were interesting and and so likable, you really root for them. It was a touching story and also at times very funny.
This book grabbed my heart from the first pages. Evison creates characters as real, as quirky, as complicated as your own crazy family, and they pulled me in to a quick paced, wacky and totally believable world that made me laugh even as it moved me to tears. Evison is a talent to keep an eye on, and I can't wait for the next book.
There is humor in the pain, shock in the pleasure and awe in the philosophy of Will Miller¿s tale. We discover powerful obsessions that shape the world around him and reveal to us how people evolve through the one thing we all endure in the course of our lives: change. The characters are real, twisted, and lovable. Entertaining from start to finish this book is a great summer read that will carry you away, tripping lightly through the heavy details of one man¿s life, and leave you refreshed at the other end. It¿s good. Read it.