That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited.
But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks). All the while, inspired by dreams of the past, Edward tries to make peace with his life - and when he meets an eccentric motel owner, perhaps open it to love.
©2013 Craig Lancaster (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
Edward Adrift is the second great book about the character, Edward. This book is best appreciated after reading the first Edward book (600 Hours of Edward). The two books could have been combined into Part I and then Part II, but having two books worked also. I just loved Edward's well-intentioned, honest, and rigid life. The reader is taken gently into the inner workings of Edward's thinking and routines; its fun and interesting to see life through his eyes. By the time that I had finished this book, I wished that I could have him over for coffee. He is quite hilarious and lovable while at the same time his character is absolutely believable. It's like he could live next door. In this book, he stretches past the boundaries of comfort and rigidity as he begins to make connections and feel a part of a circle of friendships. He also explores his parental relationships and begins to establish a stronger sense of self as he moves past his diagnoses and into a more complex life. Of course with more people in his life, all of his routines become compromised causing him much consternation and consideration. The considerations and conversations that he has with himself and others are genuinely human and are quite touching while at the same time are humorous and, sometimes, side-splitting hilarious. I laughed out loud several times while listening. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, entertaining novel delving into the life of another quirky human...... maybe just like you or someone you know?
Ah..Edward. I was so glad to revisit Edward to see how much he had grown and changed (and not!) and how he was able to cope with his "shitburger" of a year!
If you like 600 Hours of Edward, you will love getting back into Edward's head again.
about Edward Stanton in this book. I had just finished "600 Hours of Edward" and in "Edward Adrift" Edward seemed to be so much more exuberant (l love the word exuberant). This new Edward with his lively energy was hard to figure out until I got a little further along in the book. I think the narrator, Luke Daniels, did an excellent job of show the listeners the changes Edward was feeling in his life through his narration. When later in the book, Edward thought he wanted to go back to his isolated, regimented (I love the word regimented) life I felt as if the narrator took the lively energy out of his voice to show Edward in a much more complacent (I love the word complacent) place in his life. LOVED this book... LOVED "600 Hours of Edward"... really hope Craig Lancaster finishes a third book about Edward Stanton.
I very much enjoyed the prequel to this book - 600 Hours of Edward. I thought the author did a very good job with the voice of Edward, a very difficult character to bring to life in a believable way, without making him a caricature or a source of uncomfortable humor. In Edward Adrift he continues to tell a story about a person you have no problem believing is real. But in some ways the title is very accurate. Not only is Edward the character adrift in this book, the plot seems adrift as well. There was too much time spent with Edward wandering aimlessly in his car.
However, parts of this book shone. Even though I was never too sure why he lost his job, his dedication to it long after it was no longer his, his need to contribute to the world, and his need for human connection was poignant. And all the ways the changes in his world suddenly turned upside down and left him longing for the familiarity of his old,yet admittedly narrow life, was very relate-able. I took from the book the idea that all of us, no matter how old, how set in our ways or disabled, has the ability to grow, change and see the positives in life.
Edward is a 40+ year-old with Asperger's. He is high functioning, and has high self esteem. The compulsive traits of his Asperger's comes through and it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. There's a coming of age story within the story. Not sentimental. Great Book.
I liked the continuation of Edward's life as described in this book. His relationships with others are more meaningful and he has learned mindfulness. I cannot help but like Edward, quirks and all, because he has such a good heart. He is working so hard on himself and is so honest about his emotions and feelings. His insights reveal valuable life lessons. A very pleasant read, indeed.
It took me awhile to get past the character's first idiosyncrasies that introduced the reader to the condition. After that, I found it an enjoyable book and I liked the story.
This is the follow-up to 600 Hours of Edward. I would recommend reading that one first. It is not strictly necessary for your enjoyment of Edward Adrift, but it will make it much better. Both books are amazing, as my title says. Heartfelt and funny. You will fall in love with all the characters. Very "feel-good hardship".
The narrator is also amazing. I would recommend reading anything Luke Daniel narrates. He has not disappointed me yet and I have listened to several books he's narrated. In fact, I have specifically chosen books to listen to because he narrated them.
If you liked these books, you may like the Rosie Project.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
Still had the same favor as the first book!
I think I still liked the first book better, but this one was a close second. Seemed like it ended kind of fast. Still very enjoyable!
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.
It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.
Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.
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