Good and Happy Child A Novel

ISBN-10: 0307351289
ISBN-13: 9780307351289
Edition: N/A
Authors: Justin Evans
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Description: Thirty-year-old George Davies can’t bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife has had enough. She demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 4/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Thirty-year-old George Davies can’t bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife has had enough. She demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees. As he delves into his childhood memories, he begins to recall things he hasn’t thought of in twenty years. Events, people, and strange situations come rushing back. The odd, rambling letters his father sent home before he died. The jovial mother who started dating too soon after his father’s death. A boy who appeared one night when George was lonely, then told him secrets he didn’t want to know. How no one believed this new friend was real and that he was responsible for the bad things that were happening. Terrified by all that he has forgotten, George struggles to remember what really happened in the months following his father’s death. Were his ominous visions and erratic behavior the product of a grief-stricken child’s overactive imagination (a perfectly natural reaction to the trauma of loss, as his mother insisted)? Or were his father’s colleagues, who blamed a darker, more malevolent force, right to look to the supernatural as a means to end George’s suffering? Twenty years later, George still does not know. But when a mysterious murder is revealed, remembering the past becomes the only way George can protect himself–and his young family. A psychological thriller in the tradition of Donna Tartt’sThe Secret History–with shades ofThe Exorcist–the smart and suspensefulA Good and Happy Childleaves you questioning the things you remember and frightened of the things you’ve forgotten. From the Hardcover edition.

Justin Evans was born and raised in Utah, spending the majority of his early life in the town of Springville. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army, where he served in Texas, Germany, North Carolina, and in the First Gulf War. Upon returning from his military service, he began attending college at Utah Valley University. He married his wife, Becky, in 1993 and went on to complete his Bachelor's Degree in History and English Education from Southern Utah University. After, he began teaching in Nevada, where he lives today with Becky and their sons. He also has a Master's Degree in Literacy Studies from University of Nevada, Reno. Justin's first chapbook, Four Way Stop, was released in 2005 after winning the Main-Traveled Roads Press Chapbook Award. Other chapbooks have been published by Foothills Publishing. They are Gathering up the Scattered Leaves (2006), Working in the Birdhouse (2008), and Friday in the Republic of Me (2012). In 2011, Justin's first full length collection, Town for the Trees, was released by Foothills Publishing. Justin has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2008 was given an honorable mention in the Nevada Arts Council Artist Grant Program. In 2010, he was nominated for a "Best of the Net" award in poetry.

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