How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"Funny, bewitching, observant."-- The Oregonian

"Hits all the frets of a powerful story: sharp-witted dialogue, vivid characters, insight into medical challenges and prose that snaps like well-placed plucks of guitar strings. . . . I hold up my lighter and turn it full-flame for [Garth] Stein's latest work. Encore!"-- The Seattle Times

"Compelling."-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Stein handles the many narrative elements deftly."-- Seattle Weekly

"An engrossing family drama."-- Publishers Weekly

Evan had a hit single, but that was ten years ago. Thirty-one now, he's drifting, playing in a local band and teaching middle-aged men to coax music from an electric guitar.

Beset at a young age with a life-threatening form of epilepsy, he's kept his condition a secret. But his deepest secret is that he got his high school sweetheart pregnant. Then her conservative parents whisked her out of Seattle and out of Evan's life.

Now, fourteen years later, he experiences unplanned parenthood when he undertakes to raise the resentful teenage son he's never known.

Off beat and disarming, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets portrays a contemporary American family with unfailing honesty.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781569474983
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 21 cm.


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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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