By Mona Simpson
From the acclaimed and award-winning writer: a beguiling new novel approximately an eavesdropping boy operating to find the imprecise mysteries of his unraveling family members. He uncovers as an alternative what he least desires to be aware of: the workings of his parents' deepest lives. or even then he can't cease snooping.
Miles Adler-Rich, helped via his buddy Hector, spies and listens in on his keeping apart mom and dad. either boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mom, Irene, who's "pretty for a mathematician." They rifle via her cloth cabinet drawers and strip-mine her laptop diary, discovering that every one leads pull them directly into her bed room, and into questions about a stranger from Washington, D.C., who weaves out and in in their lives. Their novice detective paintings starts off innocently yet quickly takes them to the a ways reaches of grownup privateness as they gather wisdom that might impact the family's future health, prosperity, and sanity. as soon as stressed with this robust info, the lads fight to accommodate the lifestyles of evil, and continue to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains and at last, haltingly, discover ways to supply animal convenience to these harmed and to create an inventive route to their very own salvation.
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58 See if you can make your hair lie down again, then go to 14. 58 You are standing within a megalithic ring — but one very different from the henge at Salisbury Plain. There are fewer stones and those are smaller and more ancient. All around you, stretching as far as the eye can see, is a vast wilderness. sun shines brightly in a clear green sky. Green? You look up again. ) Wherever you are, you are certainly not in Avalon, quite possibly not even in the known world. But wherever you are, it's pointless staying put.
If you succeed, go to 111. If they kill you, go to 14. Finally, you can always return the way you came. When you reach the fork, you can go north at 4, south at 37 or search the corpse at 10. 71 The trouble with this Wilderness is that one bit of it looks much like any other. At the moment, you have a choice of the following directions, with not a lot to help you in determining which way to go: North to 87. West to 116. South to 76. East to 29. 72 The great stones of the henge loom all around you.
53-54 53 You are approaching a broad, swift river with some rather peculiar-looking trees growing along the edge of the bank. The air feels fresh here and the trees are full of birdsong. Altogether a very pleasant place, which makes you instantly suspicious. Closer inspection convinces you that the river is too deep and fast to risk swimming, so you park yourself on a nearby rock and consider your alternatives. The most obvious of these is to make yourself a raft, launch it on to the water and see where the river takes you.
Casebook by Mona Simpson