Best Boy

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Eli Gottlieb's New York Times Notable Book, The Boy Who Went Away, won the Rome Prize and the 1998 McKitterick Prize from the British Society of Authors. His second novel, Now You See Him, has been translated into eleven languages. He lives in New York

Amid the flood of books about autism in childhood comes this gripping novel about the fresher territory of autism in midlife. It is written with elan, wit, and great empathy, and it limns in fiction the crisis our nation faces in real life as we try to construct viable supports for this burgeoning population.--Andrew Solomon
Affecting. . . . Todd's is an engaging and nuanced consciousness, so vital that the reader feels profound tenderness--and distinct fear--as this sweet man ventures out into the world. . . . As ill-advised as his flight might be, we stand on the ground below . . . enchanted by the simplicity of his soaring.--Bret Anthony Johnston
Arresting. . . . The book's empathy is bracing.
Powerful and engaging. . . . A deeply moving portrait of a kind and gentle soul. Recommended for all readers.--Patrick Sullivan
A remarkable achievement--an intimate and convincing portrayal of what the world looks like from inside the mind of a mentally handicapped but unusually sensitive, observant, and decent man.--Alison Lurie
In the clear-as-a-tinkling-bell voice of Todd Aaron, Gottlieb reveals how certain events and experiences cause this fiftysomething man with autism to suddenly go into a post-post-post-adolescent rebellion.... But in the way of all things happening for a reason, Gottlieb's marvelous novel has happened so that readers may be in awe of all the universe's creations.--Donna Chavez
A fast read, and the plot is never less than captivating. . . . Gottlieb's attention to crafting Todd's internal monologue is something to behold.