Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Best BoyBest Boy by Eli Gottlieb

This story is told by Todd Aaron, a fictional man in his 50's who is autistic. This first person narrative is written so well that the reader feels his fear, his strength, his goodness, his sweetness, and the resilience he needs to successfully live his life. The author, Eli Gottleib, whose brother has autism, has the ability to show the reader the world as Todd sees and experiences it. We see what Todd's life is like from his perspective: the anxiety, nervousness and logical reactions to the uncomfortable situations that plague him. The publisher's comment describes it accurately as "a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget." It does, however end satisfactorily. I couldn't put it down and highly recommend it.

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