This Is Just Exactly Like You
By Drew Perry
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143118602, 336pp.)
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
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After Jack Lang impulsively buys the house directly across the street from his own, his wife, Beth, has finally had enough. She leaves him- and their six-year-old autistic son, Hendrick-for Jack's best friend, Terry Canavan. Jack tries telling everyone he's okay, but even he's not so sure. When Hendrick, who rarely talks, starts speaking in fluent Spanish, Jack knows he's in uncharted territory. But once Canavan's ex- girlfriend Rena turns up at his door to see how things are going, Jack begins to suspect the world could be far more complicated than he'd ever believed. Set against a landscape of defunct putt-putt courses and karaoke bars, parenthood and infidelity, "This Is Just Exactly Like You" is a wise and witty debut novel with captivating insights into marriage, autism, suburban fiasco, and life's occasional miracles.
Drew Perry's first book, "This is Just Exactly Like You, "was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a SIBA Okra Pick, and an "Atlanta Journal Constitution" Best Book of 2010 pick. He has published fiction in "Black Warrior Review, Atlanta Magazine, Alaskan Quarterly Review, "and "New Stories from the South. "He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, and teaches at Elon University. Visit him online at www.drewperry.com.