Set This House in Order

Set This House in Order

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by Matt Ruff
     
 

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Andy Gage was born in 1965 and murdered not long after by his stepfather. . . . It was no ordinary murder. Though the torture and abuse that killed him were real, Andy Gage's death wasn't. Only his soul actually died, and when it died, it broke in pieces. Then the pieces became souls in their own right, coinheritors of Andy Gage's life. . . .

While Andy

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Andy Gage was born in 1965 and murdered not long after by his stepfather. . . . It was no ordinary murder. Though the torture and abuse that killed him were real, Andy Gage's death wasn't. Only his soul actually died, and when it died, it broke in pieces. Then the pieces became souls in their own right, coinheritors of Andy Gage's life. . . .

While Andy deals with the outside world, more than a hundred other souls share an imaginary house inside Andy's head, struggling to maintain an orderly coexistence: Aaron, the father figure; Adam, the mischievous teenager; Jake, the frightened little boy; Aunt Sam, the artist; Seferis, the defender; and Gideon, who wants to get rid of Andy and the others and run things on his own.

Andy's new coworker, Penny Driver, is also a multiple personality, a fact that Penny is only partially aware of. When several of Penny's other souls ask Andy for help, Andy reluctantly agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy the stability of the house. Now Andy and Penny must work together to uncover a terrible secret that Andy has been keeping . . . from himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061983641
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
225,836
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Matt Ruff is the author of The Mirage, Bad Monkeys, Set This House in Order, Fool on the Hill, and Sewer, Gas & Electric. He lives in Seattle.

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Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Andrew is the personality in charge of 'driving' the soul-ridden body of Andy Gage. Born from the ashes of Andy Gage's mind, the society of multiple personalities live in a stable arrangement together thanks to a helpful therapist. Andrew is a recently born personality trying to give the body a fairly normal life, starting with a new job at a software company. But Andrew's stability is threatened when his impulsive boss, Julie, hires Penny, another victim of multiple personality disorder. Julie wants Andrew to help Penny tame the chaos in her head. Penny doesn't understand her condition, but some of her other personalities do. Andrew is reluctant to get involved, but Penny's group of protective personas make a plea for help. When his own house of souls collapses under the strain of several shocks, Andrew and Penny end up on a road-trip to confront the past. This is one of the best fiction books I've read this year. Ruff's handling of the multiple personalities is both inventive and sensitive. He is straightforward in dealing with the abuse that led to Andrew and Penny's fractured state - it's clearly important, but not sensationalized. In spite of the serious subject matter, Ruff manages to incorporate a good measure of humor into the story. Andrew's journey gives a whole new meaning to 'finding yourself.' Ruff's excellent characterizations make it easy to root for Andrew, Penny, and their collective internal societies. I like that Ruff avoids the trap of a cliched, sappy ending, instead making it clear that there are no easy solutions. Ruff's plot was engrossing in all its twists and turns, and only one late section seemed to jump a bit off the tracks. This is a compelling book that will entertain you even as it makes you think about how we all interact with the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chanced upon this novel and have purchased and passed it on to all the readers in my life. Once started, it is impossible to put it down. Engaging, extremely well written and a story that was never once anything less than brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly original and highly enjoyable. After reading this book, I read his earlier 2 novels. I recommend all of them, but it's most interesting to see his development as a writer. He's really hitting his stride in this book and I look forward to reading more of his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a while and I read a lot of books. It's well written, the plot is wonderful and the idea behind it is originally refreshing. Please go buy this book right away. I cannot wait for the author to come out with a new novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pleasure to read. Plot was complicated enough to keep you busy but deftly written so you didn't get lost. Contained a few real surprises and had characters that really mattered. Good job, Matt Ruff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard putting the book down. Very original idea
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