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The Big Book of Misunderstanding
The Big Book of Misunderstanding
Author: Jim Gladstone
An entire suburban household comes of age simultaneously in this tender, funny first novel of growing children and their arrested-adolescent parents. Perceptively capturing both the warmth and the frictions within a memorably eccentric family, author Jim Gladstone debuts with a work of great humor, heart, and psychological insight. THE BIG BOOK...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781560233824
ISBN-10: 1560233826
Publication Date: 1/2002
Pages: 242
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Publisher: Haworth Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This novel centers around a young gay man who is coming to terms with his sexuality. There are certainly serious moments -- and part of the premise of the book is an attempted suicide -- but overall the story is full of humor and witty dialogue. Jim Gladstone is an accomplished writer and this novel is definitely worth a go. The dynamics between the protagonist and his brother and the rest of his family seem very authentic -- as do his interactions with his acquaintances and college friends, etc. I'm sure some of this "novel" is inspired by events in the author's own life; they must be based in fact for how authentic they seemed to me. The Thanksgiving scene is worth the price of admission alone. I've read dozens of novels in this genre, and this is by far one of my favorites. Funny, sweet, and full of fairly well developed characters.
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