A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).
But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.
Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’ classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.
©2012 Craig Lancaster (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Interesting look into the mind and life of an autistic/Asperger person. The relationships are sweet and troubling, as they invade but offer a fresh look at the world. Well worth the time and $$.
Story was different and interesting. Narration was spot on and relevant. Its engaging since this part of life is not normally experienced by the masses.
I have no experience with asperger's syndrome so cannot attest to its accuracy but this peek into Edward's way of thinking was interesting and I grew to really enjoy his personality and thought process. I wish I was his neighbor too.
This is a beautiful and touching story of how a 39 year old man with Aspergers deals with the world. Full of heartache and humor this is an amazing story. Luke Daniels, one of my favorite narrators, does this story justice with his perfect performance.
It is charming.
This book will appeal to people who enjoy slow moving stories and who liked The Rosie Project. My advice is that if you aren't hooked by the incident painting the garage, you won't ever be hooked.
Luke Daniels did a splendid job of sharing this story by Craig Lancaster. I was left feeling happy and contented at the end. There were many times that Edwards' idiosyncrasies made me smile and tons of times that the world made me angry as it dealt with this man. It's a grand listen.
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