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Best Boy: A Novel
by Eli Gottlieb

Published: 2015-08-24
Hardcover : 256 pages
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Library Journal Top Ten Books of 2015
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For fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, ...

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New York Times Editor's Choice
People Magazine Pick of the Week
A Washington Post Notable Book
Library Journal Top Ten Books of 2015
BookPage Top Five Books of 2015



For fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.

Sent to a “therapeutic community” for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the “Old Fox” of Payton LivingCenter. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel “normal” again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return “home” to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams. Written astonishingly in the first-person voice of an autistic, adult man, Best Boy?with its unforgettable portraits of Todd’s beloved mother, whose sweet voice still sings from the grave, and a staffer named Raykene, who says that Todd “reflects the beauty of His creation”?is a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget.

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  "Todd Aaron will touch every reader's heart!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 09/15/15

Best Boy, Eli Gottlieb, author; Bronson Pinchot, narrator
This is a very moving story about a boy, now grown into a man, who has spent the last 40 years of his life, since the age of eleven
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