Meet T. S. Spivet, the hero of this unusual debut novel. A brilliant cartographer, T.S. classifies and categorizes everything in his path. But his most challenging task is to map out a route from his home in Montana to the Smithsonian Institute, where he's scheduled to accept an award for his scientific illustrations. For T.S., you see, is just 12 years old.
So begins the incredible story of a singular boy's life-changing adventure. Intent on crossing the country alone, he sneaks out of the house, catches a ride on a freight train, and brawls with some unsavory characters before becoming the toast of the town in D.C.
The Complete Works of T. S. Spivet is as difficult to classify as the world T.S. inhabits. So don't even try. Instead, find a nice comfortable spot to read the story of his journey, written by a young and thoroughly creative new voice in fiction.
Says Stephen King: "I'm flabbergasted by Reif Larsen's talent…This is a very funny book…that does the impossible: it combines Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine. Good novels entertain; great ones come as a gift to readers who are lucky enough to find them. This book is a treasure." (Summer 2009 Selection)