This Is Just Exactly Like You
In this darkly humorous debut novel of suburban survival and life's occasional miracles, Perry offers fresh and funny insights into marriage, autism, parenthood, and suburban ennui.
On Sale: April 5, 2010
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A darkly humorous debut novel of suburban survival and
life's occasional miracles
When Jack Lang
impulsively buys a second house directly across the street
from his own, his wife Beth leaves him-and their
six-year-old autistic son, Hendrick-to move in with Jack's
best friend, Terry Canavan. Jack tells everyone in his life
he's okay, but no one believes him. Not his employees at
Patriot Mulch & Tree in suburban North Carolina, not
Beth herself, and not Canavan's estranged girlfriend Rena,
who arrives on Jack's doorstep to see how, and whether, he's
bearing up. When Jack starts letting Rena further into his
life, and when Hendrick suddenly starts speaking fluent
Spanish-stunning everyone-it becomes apparent to Jack that
the world is far more complicated than he believed.
As Drew Perry's characters change houses, partners,
and perceptions, Hendrick emerges from his shell in
unexpected and delightful ways and becomes, at times, this
witty and winning debut novel's center of gravity-he's
parenting the confused grown-ups as often as they are him.
Perry's fresh and funny insights into marriage, autism,
parenthood, and subÂurban ennui (not to mention mulch)
create a landscape that will charm and captivate fans of Tom
Perrotta and Jennifer Haigh.
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