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.
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Edward! He was just himself - a flawed, but honest individual.
When Edward reads the letter from his father
I have no love for these leading question reviews, so I'm ignoring them. This book can sometimes make the reader uncomfortable and sometimes frustrated by Edward's OCD. However, I find the book very true to life and laugh out loud funny.
Edward is living a independent from his family and he's quite proud of his accomplishment. The problem is, he's stuck in a rut that helps him cope but also stops him from growing and reaching out to others. He records the weather conditions daily, shops weekly, visits his doctor, writes unsent letters of complaint to those who offend him, and watches one episode of Dragnet per night.
Into this routine bursts a new neighbor and her son. They reach out to Edward and oddly he finds himself responding. The nine year old son badly wants a friend and Edward struggles to connect and to confront problems in his own family that have left him feeling less than a son.
I loved this book and I felt for all the characters.
Definitely worth the listen to get into a story about a man who has to overcome his fears of intimacy and learn to navigate OCD and being on the Aspie spectrum to open his life to others.
Mom of 5 grown kids, Mimi to two little ones. Love listening to books while I go about my day, quilting, cleaning, preferably quilting!
This is a wonderful book about adjusting to life's ebbs and flows, especially for Edward whose OCD makes change especially difficult.
If you like the "Rosie" books by Graeme C. Simsion, you'll love this gem! Awesome story, not predictable (except about Dragnet - you'll see what I mean - lol!) and really brings out the feels in you. Great characters, great story, and narrator Luke Daniels (Iron Druid Chronicles) is amazing! WELL worth the credits or the price!!
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Having ordered this book and not read it immediately, I had forgotten the subject. I must say it took quite awhile to become interesting. I kept reading to discover what the storyline could possibly be. Slowly the story began to make you care intensely about the main character, who had seemed so driven by crazy rituals, that you wondered what was wrong with him. However, as you read through the excellently written story, you came to realize that the main character was a normal human being who had come to act somewhat differently through the way life had treated him. More and more you realized what a fine person he was, and knew that he was going to live on to be one of the earths most admirable citizens.
I really likes how this character grew and became his own man.Triumphant and rewarding story.
You can't help but like the characters in this book. I found myself smiling several times as I listened to Edward and his favorite words. Looking forward to next book "Edward Adrift". Will keep reading as long as Craig Lancaster will keep telling Edward's story.
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