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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,099 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Bognanni Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way in town.

Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious. They form a punk band called The Rash, and it’s clear that the upcoming Methodist Church talent show has never seen the likes of them.

With storytelling that is fresh and vivid, The House of Tomorrow is destined to become an instant classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The boys here don’t come of age—girls are just beginning to exist and lifelong struggles are only taking root—but their connection is an honest, noisy, and raucous look at friendship and how loud music can make almost everything better.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • “Heartbreakingly funny and deeply compassionate…Bognanni’s timely novel perfectly captures teenage angst in all its raw and riotous discomfort.”


  • “I adore this book, not only for its ability to love our ludicrous hearts, but also for the way it makes dividing questions about whether good literature comes from the heart or the mind seem like nonsense.”

    Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

  • “Under the screaming rage of a Misfits or Ramones song, you can hear a heart beating, and that’s where Peter Bognanni gets to work-his wild and tender book reveals how much a couple of scared boys can say to each other with a little hateful noise.”

    Rob Sheffield, author of Love is a Mix Tape

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie Hoagland | 2/8/2014

    " It was nice to read a book by a man about teen boys and their friendship. So many books today are girl centered, as if boys don't read. But this was a good book and I love that it was set in a Bucky Ball house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn Phelps | 2/4/2014

    " An unexpected pleasure...I loved the interactions between the sheltered, eccentric Sebastion and the rebellious Jard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angel | 1/30/2014

    " Mike's friend wrote this, I liked it a lot - a little on the YA side but in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison | 1/26/2014

    " Sebastian, orphaned as a child, lives with his grandmother in a geodesic dome in rural Iowa. The poor kid has been raised in isolation, so it's not his fault that he talks like a college instructor. Befriended by Jared, a punk-rock enthusiast recovering from a heart transplant, Sebastian finds out how "normal" families live--and he wants in. This is a fun, oddball book that somehow merges punk music with Buckminster Fuller's philosophies, but Sebastian's remoteness keeps the story from having a real heart. (On first meeting, Jared asks, "Are you autistic?") Gotta love a band named "The Rash," though. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Bognanni

Peter Bognanni is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a teaching/writing fellowship for his work. His short fiction and humor pieces have appeared in Gulf Coast, the Bellingham Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is a 2008 Pushcart Nominee, and his short story “The Body Eternal” was chosen by Stephen King as one of the 100 Most Distinguished Stories of 2006 in Best American Short Stories. He is currently a visiting instructor of creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.