Huge: A Novel

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Eugene "Huge" Smalls is a tough, bad tempered, precocious twelve-year-old whose heroes are hard-boiled pulp detectives Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. When his grandmother hires him to solve a case of vandalism, his bungled search for "whodunit" turns into a search for self in this coming-of-age story.

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Overview

Eugene "Huge" Smalls is a tough, bad tempered, precocious twelve-year-old whose heroes are hard-boiled pulp detectives Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. When his grandmother hires him to solve a case of vandalism, his bungled search for "whodunit" turns into a search for self in this coming-of-age story.

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Fuerst's debut novel about a 12-year-old wannabe detective gives listeners a hilarious, nostalgic look back at the Jersey 'burbs of the 1980s. Eugene "Huge" Smalls, accompanied by his sidekick and only friend, a stuffed turtle, is hired by his possibly senile grandmother to investigate a case of vandalism at her retirement home. Eugene learns how to be "huge" in this coming-of-age tale, even if he doesn't entirely learn how to be a detective. Audie Award winner Jeff Woodman (Stolen Child) lends the story a Stand by Me quality, infusing it with life. A rhinestone-in-the-rough novel and an author to keep an eye on; for appreciators of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Jack Pendarvis's Shut Up, Ugly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/09.—Ed.]—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441723178
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Fuerst spent his teenage years inNew Jerseyand now lives inBrooklyn. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. fromHarvardUniversityand holds an M.F.A from The New School. Huge is his first novel.

Jeff Woodman has recorded a wide variety of audiobooks, including Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Life of Pi, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In addition, he has recorded voices for Japanese animation and participated in numerous ESL programs.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    The Huge Story

    Huge written by James W. Fuerest is a hilarious mystery novel.
    Huge is a surprising and funny story. In the story Eugene makes a comment on every page which will make you cry in laughter. Huge is surprising because the story has numerous villains and you will never guess which one is the culprit.
    Huge is set in New Jersey during the late 1990's.
    The main character of Huge has many conflicts in the story. The major conflict in the story is that the young detective Eugene "Huge" Smalls is paid by his grandmother to find out who vandalized the sign of the retirement home.
    Eugene goes suspect to suspect to understand the case. Fist, Eugene goes to Darren "Big D" and finds out the person who vandalized the retirement home is not a professional tagger. Second Eugene's sister Neecey, reveals that the town's rich jock Razor, has been using steroids and his mind hasn't been working lately. Lastly, Eugene and Stacy (Eugene's crush) have a talk which lets Eugene find out Razor has been forcing someone to steel money from the retirement home to pay for his steroids. With this information Eugene realizes who the true culprit is.
    The author uses a lot of personification on Eugene's only friend who is a stuffed animal named Trash. For the first two chapters people who would read this story think Trash was a real people. The author used phrases like "Thrash gave me the look" and "Thrash was getting restless and impatient." Trash's identity is revealed in the third chapter when Darren asks Eugene "Why do you have a teenage mutant ninja turtle in your backpack?"(Darren doesn't realize Trash is a frog.).
    I would recommend Huge to anyone who likes mysteries or a good joke. You'll get a lot of laughs while trying to solve a brain boggling case.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

    Good Read

    Huge is a great character. Original and enjoyable.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Loved it!

    What a fabulous book! I loved the writing style and the 12-year-old perspective on life. The things that Huge encouters and deals with is funny, comical and something I think we all can relate to. It is a book for readers of all ages. I would recommend this to almost anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    loving this!

    i bought this after seeing the review in people mag. i'm only half way through but am really enjoying this. the characters and writing style are great.

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