By Meg Howrey
Pantheon, Hardcover, 9780307379160, 304pp.
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
This spellbinding story introduces the unforgettable seventeen-year-old narrator, Luke Prescott, who has been brought up in a bohemian matriarchy by his divorced New Age mother, a religious grandmother, and two precocious half-sisters. Having spent a short lifetime swinging agreeably between the poles of Eastern mysticism and New England Puritanism, Luke is fascinated by the new fields of brain science and believes in having evidence for his beliefs. “Without evidence,” he declares, “you just have hope, which is nice, but not reliable.” Luke is writing his college applications when his father—a famous television star whom he never knew—calls and invites him to Los Angeles for the summer. Luke accepts and is plunged into a world of location shooting, celebrity interviews, glamorous parties, and premieres. As he begins to know the difference between his father’s public persona and his private one, Luke finds himself sorting through his own personal mythology.
By the end of the summer Luke thinks he has found the answers he’s been seeking, only to discover that the differences between truth and belief are not always easy to spot, and that evidence can be withheld: when Luke returns home, his mother reveals something she knows will change everything for him.
With Blind Sight, Meg Howrey gives us a smart, funny, and deeply moving story about truth versus belief, about what we do and don’t tell ourselves—with the result, as Luke says, that we don’t always know what we know.
“An engaging first novel filled with the nuance and yearnings of adolescence.”
—Marisha Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics
“Smart, witty, and wise, Meg Howrey’s impressive debut novel is a beautiful story that in its subtlety speaks to the fundamental questions of identity and love.”
—James Lapine, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the libretto for Sunday in the Park with George
“A warm and surprising debut.”
—The New York Times
“The writing is smart and quick and will leave you reeling . . . Blind Sight is a book that must be read. Period.”
— The New York Times Book Review
“An engagingly assured debut novel . . . Luke’s fresh gaze and untrammeled curiosity as he makes his way among conflicting loyalties, long-held secrets, and buried identities, make him an appealing scientist of human behavior.”
“A true gem.”
“Intelligent, engaging and often funny.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Blind Sight presents a refreshingly uncynical take on the messiness of family relationships.”
“The novel resonates with authenticity . . . A wonderfully intriguing examination of what makes, and might break, a family.”