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by Elizabeth Shepard

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Overview

Recommended reading by the National Mental Health Association.
 
To his mother, twelve-year-old Benjamin Sherman is an object of pity and anxiety. To his father, he is bizarre and embarrassing. To his psychiatrist, he is a case study in mental illness. To the counselors at the camp where he is spending his summer, Benjamin is a “freaky kid” who shuns his peers and is strangely—and perhaps dangerously—attached to his best friend, Elliot, a stuffed letter H.
 
Through the letters of his sister, mother, father, camp counselors, and psychiatrist—and, most touchingly, through those Benjamin writes to Elliot—this audacious and utterly unsentimental novel gives us a moving and sometimes shocking intimacy with a child whose disorder may be a kind of fragile genius. H is an astute, sympathetic evocation of the state we persist in calling “madness.”
 
“A new and mind-boggling perspective on mental illness from the point of view of the sufferer and those who would love and care about him…. H is a very poignant, enthralling debut.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Shepard is a reverse archaeologist, designing a tiny contemporary lost world for readers to excavate. Everything matters…Shepard gets everything right.”—New York Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101173886
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1996
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
File size: 487 KB

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H: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why is it that the book ended in a societal pressured way? I agree this book is eloquently written, however to say it should be picked up by Oprah and used as an eye opener is beyond me. We don't need Oprah to open our eyes, but certaintly this book will open them a little more should our perceptions let us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why hasn't Oprah picked up this book??? It's magical, beautiful, and taught me how to see the world in a kinder light. Mental illness to one is really genius to the other, and we this book shows--without preaching--the way me must be gentle to those people we find odd or unusual. The characeter of Benjamin haunts me in my sleep, as if he were real, and Shepard is a genius. This is one of the few novels that truly changed my daily life. Bravo!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unspeakably beautiful. Don't miss this rare and wonderful gem.