These Things Happen: A Novel

These Things Happen: A Novel

by Richard Kramer

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A domestic story told in numerous original and endearing voices.

The story opens with Wesley, a tenth grader, and involves his two sets of parents (the mom and her second husband, a very thoughtful doctor; and the father who has become a major gay lawyer/activist and his fabulous "significant other" who owns a restaurant). Wesley is a fabulous kid, whose equally fabulous best friend Theo has just won a big school election and simultaneously surprises everyone in his life by announcing that he is gay.

No one is more surprised than Wesley, who actually lives temporarily with his gay father and partner, so that he can get to know his rather elusive dad. When a dramatic and unexpected trauma befalls the boys in school, all the parents converge noisily in love and well-meaning support. But through it all, each character ultimately is made to face certain challenges and assumptions within his/her own life, and the playing out of their respective life priorities and decisions is what makes this novel so endearing and so special.

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ISBN-13: 9781522608042
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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These Things Happen 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A different book than what I normally read, but a girl needs a change every once in awhile!  With only male characters voicing the story, two of which are a gay couple with one of their sons living with them for the semester, this an interesting family drama with a different kind of family at the center.  Other male characters that are involved are two young boys who are friends and in the middle of their friendship, one comes out to the other and their entire school in quite a public way - how does this affect their friendship? 
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