Casebook by Mona Simpson

By Mona Simpson

From the acclaimed and award-winning writer: a beguiling new novel approximately an eavesdropping boy operating to find the vague mysteries of his unraveling relations. He uncovers in its place what he least desires to recognize: the workings of his parents' deepest lives. or even then he can't cease snooping.

Miles Adler-Rich, helped by way of his pal Hector, spies and listens in on his isolating mom and dad. either boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mom, Irene, who's "pretty for a mathematician." They rifle via her cloth wardrobe drawers and strip-mine her laptop diary, discovering that each one leads pull them directly into her bed room, and into questions on a stranger from Washington, D.C., who weaves out and in in their lives. Their novice detective paintings begins innocently yet quickly takes them to the a long way reaches of grownup privateness as they gather wisdom that might impact the family's overall healthiness, prosperity, and sanity. as soon as harassed with this robust details, the lads fight to accommodate the lifestyles of evil, and continue to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains and finally, haltingly, learn how to provide animal convenience to these harmed and to create an innovative route to their very own salvation.

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Alex was feeling bad about his folks getting divorced. He and his mom were having money problems and things. He was having all kinds of doubts about . . you know, life, his faith, the things he believed in. He said he had some new friends who were telling him that everything he’d learned in the past was all untrue. ” said Rose. ” I shook my head. Back then, I had no idea what Alex was talking about. Now I knew that one of his “friends” was Mr. Sherman, the history teacher. I knew that Sherman had taken advantage of Alex’s unhappiness and uncertainty and used them to recruit him into the Home-landers.

The fear flared higher. “Why? What for? ” I said. “Shut up,” said Dodger Jim. “Either you can just sit down and let us do it, or we can do it by force,” said Waterman. ” I took a deep breath. I nodded, as if I agreed with him. And the fact was: I knew he was probably right. But I didn’t care whether he was right or not. There was just no way on this planet I was going to let them handcuff me to that chair without a fight. Once I was there, it was over. Once they had me cuffed, I had no chance at all.

I. Title. K67823Tr 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010009349 Printed in the United States of America 10 11 12 13 QG 6 5 4 3 2 1 THIS BOOK IS FOR PATRICK HUDNUT Contents Part I Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Part II Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Part III Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-one Chapter Twenty-two Chapter Twenty-three Chapter Twenty-four Part IV Chapter Twenty-five Chapter Twenty-six Chapter Twenty-seven Chapter Twenty-eight Chapter Twenty-nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-one Reading Group Guide An Interview with Andrew Klavan About the Author PART I CHAPTER ONE Waterman The revolving door went around and suddenly there he was: Waterman.

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