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The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
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Aug 02, 2011

it was amazing
Read on August 02, 2011

woah. I just read two Scot Gardner's today and I think my head may have been slightly knocked off course.
This is not a book I would normally pick up but i devoured this (and his Happy as Larry) on a reccie from a friend. This one totally blew me away. We are dumped head first in the very strange place that is Aaron's head, with very few clues and very little really for the reader to hang on to. And yet he is such a sympathetic and compelling character, whose very lack of words draws you in to try and work out what on earth is going on with his psyche, his dreams, his everyday struggle to deal with the world.
Based on the two books i have read, Gardner grapples head on with some of the nastier monsters under our bed, but somehow leaves you with an amazing feeling of hope and a belief that simple acts of human kindness and connection are the tissue of what it means to be alive, to love, to belong.

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