When I Was Five I Killed Myself

When I Was Five I Killed Myself

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And to Burt, his parents and teachers seem to be speaking a language he cannot understand. This is Burt's story as written in pencil on the walls of the Quiet Room in the Children's Trust Residence Center, where he lands after expressing his ardent feelings for a classmate. It begins: When I was five I killed myself. Rarely has a child's particular frame of mind been so indelibly set down on the page as in this extraordinary novel. In When I Was Five I Killed Myself, Howard Buten renders with astounding insight and wry language the tale of a young boy testing the boundaries of love and life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 144 x 211.1 x 20.6mm | 340.2g
  • Overlook Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1585670391
  • 9781585670390
  • 2,523,091

About Howard Buten

Howard Buten, the author of seven novels published in France, is a performing artist known as Buffo the clown, who has played opera houses around the world. In 1991, he was named a Chevalier des Artes et Lettres, France s highest literary honor. He divides his time between New York and Paris."
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