Evison’s dazzling debut is a quirky, poignant coming of age tale of great invention and originality. Dealing with themes of obsession, loss and renewal with a deft and humorous touch this author has miles of range and heart to match. I devoured it on a cross country flight, maybe you will too.
— Matt, Los Angeles
Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Written with poignant humor, this story about growing up and self-discovery gives us a cast of crazy and endearing characters. This book is not to be missed!”
— Jan Healy, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new step-mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair. Once Lulu departs for college, Will goes into the world to find himself discovering Western philosophy, a cruel dating world, enduring friendship, and, ultimately, his true calling. Emboldened by his turn as a late-night radio personality, Will rescues himself from the self-image of weakness he'd long wished to escape. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from and the endless possibilities of where we may go.