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Evan's thrilling debut, A Good and Happy Child, is a terrifying page-turner that probes such themes as demonic possession, Oedipal love, and psychosis.
The story begins in present-day New York, when George encounters some discomfort when around his newborn son. His coping mechanism is to avoid the child -- a disturbing situation that leads him to a therapist in hopes of saving his marriage. After a brief initial discussion, it becomes clear that George has a troubled past, and his therapist encourages him to keep a journal for use in their sessions.
George's writings focus on the year he turned 11, as he struggles to cope with his father's mysterious death in a faraway country. But it's when George begins to hear a voice that things go horribly awry. His new "friend" takes him on adventures, but he soon begins to incite George to frightening acts of violence.
As his therapist reads these musings, she believes that George's friend is merely a manifestation of his own guilt. But others think differently. Is George's friend a symptom of a serious mental illness? Or a force far more sinister? (Fall 2007 Selection)