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New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with a hopeful novel of sacrifice, two lost souls, and enduring love.

It’s 1965, and life has taken a turn for eighteen-year-old Anton Addison-Rice. Nearly a year after his brother died in a tragic accident, Anton is still wounded—physically and emotionally. Alone for the holidays, he catches a glimpse of his nei
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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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MarilynW
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Name Is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Eighteen year old Anton Addison-Rice has had a horrible, emotionally and physically devastating year. His beloved grandfather died and then in a single instant, he lost his brother and his right hand. Anton's parents have emotionally abandoned him and now they have left for a vacation in South America, leaving him to spend Christmas alone in their apartment. Luckily Anton has his great uncle and his grandmother, who worry about him, watch over him, and who
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Christine
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my 4th Catherine Ryan Hyde read and all 4 earned 5 stars! Ms. Hyde is now officially one of my very favorite authors and a real go-to writer for me. Gosh, despite her novels having similar themes (in my experience so far), it amazes me how she can wrap them up with so many different storylines. My Name is Anton is more of a romance, which is not her usual, but one with exceptional depth and feeling. This is not a fly by night romance with a cute cover with the title in curly script (don’ ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: . . . he centred himself over the telescope, and prepared to do a better job setting it in place.

Before he could, an image caught his eye: a white wall with a mantelpiece, and an abstract painting on the wall above it. It was captured in the eyepiece of the telescope, which was now pointing downward at the building across the street. Anthony's eye had accidentally hovered at just the right distance above the eyepiece. The scene was in perfect focus.

Realizing he was looking through som
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Debra
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Anton has suffered terrible losses and is still reeling from them in the beginning of this book. Coping with the physical and emotional loss is tough enough but when his parents decide to go away for Christmas, he is left alone to cope with loneliness as well. When he uses his new telescope, he witnesses his neighbor Edith across the street in a horrifying situation.

Anton decides to help her and the two form a close bond/friendship as Anton tries to get her to leave her abusive husband
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Jayme
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5

At eighteen years old, Anton has endured more than his fair share of tragedy, but despite that, this selfless young man, will make it his mission to try and help the woman across the street, who is being abused by her husband.

The first half of the book, has a slow, gentle pace, as a friendship develops between the two, and, Anton struggles to say goodbye to Edith, who he has fallen in love with, despite the circumstances.

They will not keep in touch, and he will not know where she is going,
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Carolyn
This is another warm, well crafted novel from Catherine Ryan Hyde. She really does write superb character driven tales where the characters are not only well developed but flawed in very real and human ways. Somehow she manages to touch on so many issues in this novel - domestic abuse, mental illness, suicide, disability, adoption and child protection. However, an overarching theme of love and selflessness makes this a positive tale of what it means to really love someone and belong to a family. ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars.

After a devastating year which included the death of his younger brother and a life changing injury for himself, eighteen-year-old Anton is left alone for the Christmas holidays. Anton’s less-than-involved parents feel the need to getaway alone to repair their marriage after the family tragedy. Alone with his telescope on the balcony, Anton mistakenly witnesses something that he can’t ignore and forever changes his path in life.

This book has an extremely sad and somber feel to it. Anton
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Linda
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one tossed me about quite a bit.

I pondered on the fact that you are free to make decisions. But it is only you that must live with the consequences. And, at the same time, we are often at the receiving end of other's choices as well. Choices that leave deadly indelible marks on our own souls until our last breath.

It's 1965 in New York and Anton is facing the reality that his parents have booked a flight to South America. Not unusual. Oh, but it is. It's Christmas and these two bright, shini
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Big sigh!! I should probably leave my review to just that! But...

This is my first book from the author, and I have heard some great things about her book, and I wanted to love this one, however, I couldn't buy into any part of this story.

I expected this to be an emotional read, but I didn't find the characters convincing enough to spark any emotion from me. Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers us a gut-wrenching punch with Anton's brother's tragic death that left Anton physically and emotionally wounde
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DeAnn
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars

This one opens in 1965 and we meet Anton Addison-Rice, a young man of 18 who has faced his share of tragedy already with the death of his brother. Anton has not had the benefit of much help healing from this tragedy, nor have his parents. The writer does a great job writing about mental health in this book and I appreciate that we have made some progress in this area since 1965.

Anton is alone over the holidays and catches an encounter with a neighbor and he worries that she is in danger
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Susan Z
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anton is a very unlucky 18 year old young man. In the span of a year, he lost his grandfather, his brother and his right hand. One day his luck changes when Edith comes into his life under unusual circumstances. She is 15 years his senior and in an abusive marriage. She finds a safe haven with Anton who gives her the courage to leave her husband. During their week together, Anton is forever changed, but Edith needs to flee to protect them both.

Many years pass until they meet again. This story is
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Theresa Alan
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Ms. Hyde tackles difficult subjects in an accessible, non-depressing way. This time, it’s mental illness, bad parents, and domestic violence.

Anton has survived two life-changing, terrible things at the age of 17. Now he’s 18, and his parents leave him alone over the holidays just months after these awful events have happened. He sees a woman being abused by her husband in an apartment across the way, and this will change him forever.

I liked that I genuinely had no idea where this no
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Three Stars

The first book I ever read by Catherine Ryan Hyde was Stay which hit me like a ton of bricks it was so great. Nothing I've read from her since then has measured up to that high bar. I thought I was in for a treat because this book began in 1965, an era I just love reading about. The lead character Anton is an eighteen year old easy to have a lot of compassion for. He lives in an apartment building with cold and uncaring parents. Just months ago he lost his right hand trying to stop hi
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Erin
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Every once in and awhile, I want to sit down and just get lost in a literary love story, I found it last night when I should have been sleeping. Yet again, I have fallen victim to the Catherine Ryan Hyde magic! Anton and Edith captured not only my heart but also my imagination. As the story glides from their first meeting in the 1960s to their reunion in the 1980s and so on, the hours appeared to sta
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Brenda
Seventeen-year-old Anton Addison-Rice was still traumatized, seven months after his brother Greg died, and Anton had to have his right hand amputated. When his parents left for South America, they left him a telescope as an early Christmas gift; it was through this telescope he saw the woman in danger. Fumbling with the scope, using his one hand was difficult – he still didn’t have things down to a fine art. But if he had, he wouldn’t have seen the domestic violence occurring just across the way ...more
Joy Perry
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin??? I truly enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to get moving but after a few chapters it flowed nicely. The main character Anton was just an all around likeable person who had initially, a very tragic life. Living an equally tragic life, we were introduced to Edith, also very likeable. The story basically begins with how the two meet, under much less than perfect circumstances. It goes on to show us how they are separated and then reunited. This is a book about love, loss, fam ...more
Marialyce
3.5 stars
Anton Rice has experienced a terrible thing and as he is reeling from it, we learn of his parents who are so consumed with their own issues that they are not present in Anton's life. They leave him at the holiday time and go off to South America to try and salvage their marriage and Anton, just eighteen years old is left alone. He is watched over by his loving grandmother and a dear great uncle who seem to bring love and understanding into his life.

But soon, Anton's life is about to cha
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Karren  Sandercock
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In 1965, two weeks before Christmas Anton Addison-Rice’s parent's Abel and Vera decide to go on a holiday to South America and leave him home alone. You really question his parent’s decision making, his brother Greg and grandfather Anton had both passed away that year and Anton had suffered a life changing injury. Fortunately his grandmother Marion and great-uncle Gregor both check on him and make sure he’s alright.

Anton notices an incident happening across the road from his parent’s apartment a
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Sharon Metcalf
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a great comfort in finding an author you can rely on to deliver  a terrific reading experience time after time.    I'm happy to say I find Catherine Ryan Hyde to be exactly that sort of author. What I've liked most about her books is the way she fills her characters and stories with goodness even whilst delving into meaningful, deep and sometimes dark topics.    I also like the way they challenge me to think on whichever theme she introduces. My Name Is Anton was no exception and I look ...more
Sherri Thacker
This is on NetGalley right now as of June 2 as READ NOW if you want to get it.


Another fabulous book by the great Catherine Ryan Hyde. This book spans over 55 years and it’s just wonderful, as is every single book she writes!!!! Heartwarming and just amazing from beginning to the end!!! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. Highly recommend!!
Wendy'sThoughts
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catherine Ryan Hyde Fans, Romance
4.5 Unselfish Love Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
Catherine Ryan Hyde was a new-to-me author. I am someone who doesn't gravitate to angsty reads. However, this one caught my eye and I am glad it did. It spans a great many years, hits on the differences yet sameness of times.

The book spans quite a few years,
so it is important to understand what we may think now is possible wasn't necessarily easy during the beginning of this story.

It looks at how being parents doesn't make you aut
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Kat (Books are Comfort Food!)
Books written by Catherine Ryan Hide are richly written, making you feel like you are part of the family of characters. My Name is Anton is no exception.

The book begins in us feeling the life of young, Anton; a life painful, full of tragedy and loss. He meets Edith and his world is forever changed.

One of my favorite quotes from the book: “I’m not a fan of the concept of ‘getting over it.’ Makes loss sound like a brick-wall, and like somehow you’ll scramble over the top and drop down on the othe
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Marianne
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Name Is Anton is a novel by award-winning American author, Catherine Ryan Hyde. After a truly horrible year in which eighteen-year-old Anton (call me Anthony) Addison-Rice loses his loving and beloved grandfather, his mentally-ill older brother and his own right hand, his parents take his “I’m OK” at face value and depart for a three-week South American vacation in early December, leaving him on his own.

Anthony is fiddling with his early Christmas present, a telescope, when he accidentally s
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Julie
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book last night and finished reading it this afternoon. In typical Catherine Ryan Hyde fashion, once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Not because it was thrilling with many twists and turns like many books out there, but because I immersed myself in Anton's life. Catherine has a way of writing characters that are alive and make me really care about them. Do not miss this book! It's an amazing, sweet book about people's lives. It isn't out until December but you can ...more
Wendy
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020, dec-20
Set in 1965, 18 yr old Anton has just been through a horrific, life-altering event and things only get worse.
One evening Anton catches a glimpse of his neighbour across the street and realizes she is in danger. Helping Edith to escape her abusive marriage he hides her for 10 days until she must disappear without telling anyone (including Anton) where she is going. Hopelessly in love and heartbroken Anton must let her go.
What would happen if many years later they meet again?
A story of sacrifice,
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MicheleReader
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Name is Anton starts in 1965. Eighteen year old Anton has had a terrible year. His beloved grandfather Anton has passed away, his brother Greg has tragically died and he is suffering from the loss of his right hand. It is Christmastime and rather than having his parents around him, they leave him alone and head out of the country on vacation. Luckily, Anton has the support and love of his grandmother and great uncle. His early Christmas present from his father is a telescope. While trying it ...more
Erin Clemence
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: Dec. 1, 2020

In 1965, 18 year old Anton is coming to terms with a terribly tragedy that cost him his right hand, and his brother’s life. When he accidentally observes a neighbour being abused by her husband, he immediately feels the need to help so he offers her what he can- a safe place. While Edith shelters with Anton, the pair learn
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Lori Boyd
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I have a book in my possession by this author, it always takes me a while to delve into it. I know it will be a read that get my emotions going on so many levels, and I know it will be compelling. Her books are human interest stories at its worst and best. So many intricate stories within stories, pieces of a puzzle that interlock perfectly.

The author does a wonderful job of character development, especially showing Anton from a young man of 18 in 1965, surviving an horrific ordeal and mee
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Stacey
need to ponder this a few days.
☕️Kimberly
When you read and listen to over two hundred books a year, you don’t always remember the character names and details, but that is not the case with Hyde’s books.

In this story we follow Anton as he helps Edith, a woman, fifteen years his senior, escape her abusive husband. They end up hiding in his family’s flat until the day after Christmas before she leaves town. We watch their friendship grow and witness Anton falling in love for the first time.

When she left Anton hit bottom but it forces him
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