Gifted artist? Standout student? All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian's School. As for Evan, however, he can't be bothered anymore. Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him.In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally...compassion.
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About the Author
Award-winning author and poet, Steven Parlato, has work in Freshwater, Peregrine, and other journals. Upon the release of his YA debut, The Namesake, by Merit Press in 2013, Publishers Weekly called Parlato “a name to watch.” A college English professor (with a giraffe-filled office), illustrator, and actor, Steven has played roles including the Scarecrow, Macbeth, and the Munchie Mania Guy in a Friendly’s training film. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, two teens, and a Binks-like cockapoo. Follow Steven online at StevenParlato.com and on Twitter @ParlatoWrites.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book. The author's skillful balance handling Evan's journey, even with some petrifying revelations, kept me intrigued from beginning to end. The plot is complex but solidly handled; the characters are drawn with humor and a kind of truthfulness that makes the story glide. It is one of those books I regretted not starting earlier in the day; once started, I simply had to have answers! Despite tough topics, the writing showed a great deal of humor, and the characters were memorable and vividly drawn. It was not an indictment of Catholicism, in fact, characters unvarnished reactions were realistically faith-affirming. After I closed the book cover, I wondered what happened to Evan and company? To step back and have the characters linger past the last page is validation of Steven Parlato's supreme talent in storytelling. I look forward to his next novel!
Wonderfully written and well crafted. The characters shine through the pain of their loss and seeking the answers as to why it happened. Parlato deals with the subject matter with great care and compassion. The Namesake was engaging from the first page to the last. This is a must read!
The Namesake is a WONDERFULLY crafted book, by a very talented author, who shows us that the search to discover the truth, to deal with the truth, is the path that has to be taken in order to heal from the truth. A book that touches on the horrid truths of those who have had thier lives misdirected by those who are of ill-will and the tragic consequences that some choose to take because the embarassment, the feelings, the toughts, the ACT is too much of a burden to shoulder. I cannot say enough about Parlato's clever coinage and reflections from the mouths and minds of young adults. I do believe Parlato has a gift relating to young adults and to readers of any age, who will find the characters and their lives very believable and for some relatable. THE NAMESAKE...A MUST READ! Steven Parlato...An author to get to know and to follow.
Evan is dealing with the worst grief possible, the death of his father by suicide. As Evan was growing up, his father and he had a special one-day-a-year ritual in which one could ask a question and the other would answer with the absolute truth. And like his father, Evan is a very gifted artist. All of that interest in art falls to the wayside along with all other interest in school and friends. But Alex is a female friend whom Evan still trusts implicitly. Alex keeps his head to earth, not allowing him, after a sufficient amount of time, to use grief as an excuse to keep from living. Evan, however, is haunted by his need to know why his father hung himself and why he was so unhappy. Finally, his grandmother acknowledges his need and gives him a key, nothing else but a key. This begins his search for the truth, which he finds in a trunk holding his father’s secret stash. It’s a diary that he reads very slowly because he can only tolerate so much. At the same time, he finally decides he wants to go on a religious weekend called “Encounter.” To tell more would be to spoil an amazing evolution in Evan’s attitude as revelation after revelation comes from the journal and from others who knew his father. Although some would say that the news he finally learns would crush another teen, Evan returns to his art to express what he now thinks and feels about the agony his Dad held within for so very long. The Namesake is a MUST read for all young adults. It could happen to you or to someone you know. It won’t happen if you read this phenomenal story. Yes, it’s fiction but it’s real and painfully credible; it’s pre-knowledge and part cure for an issue that haunts too many young lives. Kudos to you, Steven Parlato, for tackling this topic with such grace and power!