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.
Books are an integral part of my mental health, intellectual stimulation and social networking!
Well, remember, I am a psychologist so I am drawn to novels about mental health and mental illness. This was great - story and narration! A tribute to anyone who might be exposed to or experiencing any mental health problems or happens to pay attention to the people around them!
Edward is a very likable character, strong in personality, yet humbled. The way the author navigates Edwards daily experiences reflects compassion and empathy regarding OCD and Aspergers. I would love to see another 600 hours of Edward someday to hear all about how he is doing within his relationships as he takes more risks to engage others.
For those who are looking for a good story about the human experience would also appreciate this. It is not necessary for you to be looking for a mental health story to enjoy this novel. Enjoy!! You will go through this novel fast!
The first hour or so of this book seemed kind of boring, as Edward was so stuck in his routines and emotionally flat. He then started to show some tentative, albeit emotionally complicated, connections with people. The story line moved along as Edward started to become more aware of his feelings and had to sort them out in various situations which grew more complex. Luke Daniels, the narrator, brought so much realism and depth to the feelings of the various characters. I almost could not believe how one narrator could nail so many different voices so brilliantly. This book held my interest throughout and left me feeling really good about humanity.
fantastic and realistic characters who evolve in a truthful and satisfying way. The narration was the most well done of any audio book I have ever listened to. No mispronounced words, perfect comic timing, very diverse voices for each character. Exceedingly well written and read!
It cam be a bit slow in the beginning and tedious at times but stick with it-there is a beautifully written story here. Touching, insightful, humorous and the narrator was excellent.
There were certain elements to the condition the main character suffered from that I felt were not entirely realistic, however, it was the best attempt that I have seen made this far in reading about OCD and Asbergers. The part I felt could have used improvement was the end. The final resolution did not meet my expectations. Perhaps that it is a good thing; it didn't have a neat now wrapped around it. Perhaps I just wanted to hear more about the characters lives. Regardless, I felt it was missing something.
Overall it is a very good book, and should be read by those that want a small taste of what living in such a way feels like.
Realistic portrail of a man with autism. Edward struggles with living with autism. His father disapproves of him and his mother mostly ignores him. With the help of a therapist Edward struggles to make a life for himself.
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