The Leap Year Boy

The Leap Year Boy

by Marc Simon
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The Leap Year Boy by Marc Simon

Set in Pittsburgh in the early 1900s, The Leap Year Boy is the story of a working class family and an extraordinary boy named Alex Miller, born in the family's home on February 29, 1908. What makes Alex so remarkable is that even though he's full-term at birth, he weighs just two pounds one ounce, and is nine inches long.

Despite his size, Alex is perfectly healthy. However, his body grows at one-fourth the rate of a normal child--so that after one year, he's the size of a three-month-old--but his mind grows much quicker. Eventually, so do certain parts of his body and his ability to do various and unusual things with them. As Alex's special abilities become apparent, those around him see him as both a miracle child and a freak of nature--a freak to exploit.

How Alex saves himself from the designs of others--his religious fanatic grandmother, who sees him as the new Messiah; his money-grubbing immigrant doctor, who wants to put him on display; his unstable nanny, who believes Alex is her lost child; and his father and father's mistress, who are eager to tap Alex's commercial potential--is at the heart of the novel. Ultimately, a family that has been fractured by ambition and circumstance rediscovers loyalty and love, thanks to Alex's courage.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015756098
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marc Simon has been an English teacher, advertising copywriter, and comedy writer/performer. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including The Wilderness House Review (where he won the annual Chekhov Prize for best story of the year), Flashquake, Poetica Magazine and The Writing Disorder, among others. The Leap Year Boy is his first novel. Marc resides in Naples, Florida.

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The Leap Year Boy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PaulaInPittsburgh More than 1 year ago
Marc is a wonderful talent! I especially loved his character descriptions, exposition, and plot development. By mid novel I was simply into page turning (or tapping since I do eBooks) to discover what Alex’s fate would be. He made it so easy to get attached to him, the one guileless character in the bunch. I can't wait for his next novel!
GiraffeIN More than 1 year ago
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more and I started with The Leap Year Boy ... and what a delightful choice it was! I just curled up with my Nook and couldn't wait to discover what would happen next in Alex's life. Alex touched my life in a special way as I know he will with all who flip these pages. Hope a sequel is in the works! Kudos!