How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Evan is 31 years old, and he's drifting; playing in a local band and teaching middle aged men to coax music from an electric guitar is hardly exciting. His deepest secret is that he got his girlfriend pregnant before her conservative parents whisked her out of Seattle and out of Evan's life. Now, 14 years later he experiences parenthood for the first time when he undertakes to raise the resentful teenage son he's never known. Offbeat and disarming, How Evan Broke His Head And Other Secrets portrays a contemporary American family with unfailing honesty.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, [2014], c2004
Edition: 10th anniversary ed. --
ISBN: 9781616954314
Characteristics: 375 p


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ 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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