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The Namesake

By (author) Steven Parlato

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Gifted artist? Standout student? All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian's School. As for Evan, however, he can't be bothered anymore. Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him. In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally...compassion.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144.78 x 218.44 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • 25 Jan 2013
  • Adams Media Corporation
  • Holbrook, MA
  • English
  • 1440554579
  • 9781440554575
  • 433,337

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Steven Parlato, a writer, teacher, and illustrator whose poetry has been featured in Borderlands and Freshwater is the winner of the 2011 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature. He lives in Connecticut with his family and is at work on his second novel.

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"The story is powerful, and the plot is well crafted . . . [a] thoughtful coming-of-age story." --"School Library Journal""Parlato constructs an introspective debut about the aftershocks of family trauma. Evan's journey . . . is complex and solidly woven. Parlato's . . . ambitious, well-executed plot twists and nimbly handled cast make him a name to watch." --"Publishers Weekly""Before his father killed himself, [Evan's] home life was pretty normal . . . Now there's a hole in that life that can't be filled or explained. Parlato's debut novel . . . is a painstaking dissection of a father's past and its reverberations in his son's life. A memorable, disturbing story, carefully wrought." --"Kirkus Reviews""Steven Parlato's "The Namesake" is an emotionally stimulating young adult novel that delves into the powerful topic of abuse. Using dry wit, incredible similes and metaphors, and a very thought-provoking storyline, Parlato introduces the reader to an original and unforgiving exploration of the teenage psyche." --Blogcritics"Steven Parlato's "The Namesake" totally knocked me off my feet. This is the type of book that keeps you reading, especially if you enjoy dark humor. It's jarring to be sure, but well worth your time." --"Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile""The novel shapes up to be one of the best contemporary reads I have ever read. The further I got into the book, the more I became convinced that [the author] was a genius with his writing. The characters were all perfectly laid out. I was able to connect with each and every one of them." --"The Subtle Chronicler"

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