Best Boy (Hardcover)

By Eli Gottlieb

Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9781631490477, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 24, 2015

September 2015 Indie Next List

“Gottlieb gifts us with the character of Todd Aaron, a middle-aged autistic man whose life in an institution takes a turn from a model of medically controlled routines he readily and ideally adapts to, to a year of disturbing changes with the arrivals of a volatile roommate, a cunning staff member, and a beguiling one-eyed girl, all who threaten his sense of equilibrium and reignite Todd's desire for the comforts of his original home. Tender and humorous memories linger well after reading this amazingly insightful story.”
— Mark Ingraham (E), Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR
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New York Times Editor's Choice People Magazine Pick of the Week AWashington Post Notable Book Library Journal Top Ten Books of 2015 BookPage Top Five Books of 2015 For fans ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.


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  1. What is the significance of the book’s title? How does being a ‘best boy’ shape Todd’s identity and development?generic viagra price canada
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  13. There are many things still unknown about autism, which is said to be “the largest childhood epidemic in history” (181). According to Todd, “The spectrum is so wide that actually almost anyone can be on it” (183). Did reading the novel alter your view on autism? Did it change your thoughts about mental institutions?generic viagra price canada
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