From the acclaimed and award-winning author of Anywhere But Here and My Hollywood comes a powerful new novel about
a young boy’s quest to uncover the mysteries of his unraveling family. What he
discovers turns out to be what he least wants to know: the inner workings of
his parents’ lives. And even then he can’t stop searching.
Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping
to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead
that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his
best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles’ unsuspecting
mother, Irene, who is “pretty for a mathematician.” They rifle
through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her
computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom and put them on
the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, DC.
Their amateur detective work starts
innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they
acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being, prosperity, and
sanity. Burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with
the existence of evil and concoct modes of revenge on their villains that are
both hilarious and naïve. Eventually, haltingly, they learn to offer animal
comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own
Casebook brilliantly reveals an American
family both coming apart at the seams and, simultaneously, miraculously reconstituting itself to sustain its members through their ultimate trial. Mona
Simpson, once again, demonstrates her stunning mastery, giving us a boy hero
for our times whose story remains with us long after the novel’s end. Download and start listening now!