How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean, fourteen years late. The boy had been shuttled secretly to another city, along with his teenaged mother, while still a newborn. Now his mother has passed away, and Evan is it--Dad. An instant single parent. Evan was once lead guitarist for a hot band with a hit single; now 31, he gets by as a guitar instructor to middle-aged guys, and does menial work in a music shop. With Dean in the picture he has to change fast, which means facing up to the past, to his own father, and to the epilepsy that haunts him and threatens his every moment.
Publisher: New York :, Soho,, 2005.
ISBN: 9781616954314
Branch Call Number: FIC STEI
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 21 cm.


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Dec 05, 2015

There are times in the book where it is hard to relate to Evan who never seems to consider what his son Dean is going through. His relationship with Mica never seems believable either. The most interesting part of this book is Evan's struggle to live with epilepsy. Evan's epilepsy is in the background of every scene in the book. It explains a lot of his fears, inability to act decisively, and his anger at his family. He also uses his epilepsy as a reason to keep from getting close to anyone.

jcphilli Dec 20, 2011

My favourite so far of Garth Steins 3 novels. Felt closest to reality and even some events in my life experiences. well written and well paced. Highly recommended.


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