Life! Death! Prizes!by Stephen May
Billy's mother is dead. He knows-because he reads about it in magazines-that people die every day in ways that are more random and tragic and stupid than hers, but for nineteen-year-old Billy and his little brother, Oscar, their mother's death in a bungled street robbery is the most random and tragic and stupid thing that could possibly have happened to them. Now
Billy's mother is dead. He knows-because he reads about it in magazines-that people die every day in ways that are more random and tragic and stupid than hers, but for nineteen-year-old Billy and his little brother, Oscar, their mother's death in a bungled street robbery is the most random and tragic and stupid thing that could possibly have happened to them. Now Billy must be both mother and father to Oscar, and despite what his well-meaning aunt, the PTA mothers, social services, and Oscar's own prodigal father all think, he feels certain that he is the one for the job.
The boys' new world-where bedtimes are arbitrary, tidiness is optional, and healthy home-cooked meals pile up uneaten in the freezer-is built out of chaos and fierce love, but it's also a world that teeters perilously on its axis. As Billy's obsession with his mother's missing killer grows, he risks losing sight of the one thing that really matters: the only family he has left.
“Already compared to Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, [Life! Death! Prizes!] deserves these plaudits and then some.” South China Morning Post
- Bloomsbury USA
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Meet the Author
Stephen May's first novel, Tag, was published by a small Welsh press and won the Reader's Choice Award at the Welsh Book of the Year Awards in 2009, despite Stephen's not being Welsh. Stephen lives in Yorkshire, where he works for the Arts Council.
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I wasnt sure what to expect, but i thought this book was pretty good. It was a quick read. Some funny parts some sad. This book takes place in England and some of the slang and stuff i wasnt sure exactly what it was, but overall i really liked this book.
It kept my interest okay. Did have a lot of British terms and slang, so some of it was a little hard to get.
Usually enjoy British books but this one leaves me cold with its crudeness.
A teen age english boy tries to raise his six year old brother and is doing a poor job of it while child services an aunt and long lost father try to get custody after mother is killed in a mugging. While the trials and tribulations of a drunk pot smoker teen between school years may be recreational reading it may not be to your taste nor was it to mine i follow the rule read its a three half read a two a one for scan and delite buy or borrow buska