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How Evan broke his head and other secrets: a novel

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Evan had a hit single, but that was ten years ago. Thirty-one now, he's drifting, playing in a local band and teaching middle-aged men to coax music from an electric guitar.

When his high school sweetheart is killed in a car crash, he finds himself suddenly responsible for a resentful fourteen-year-old son he's never known. Now Evan must get his life together and face up to the burning secret that haunts him.

Praise for How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

"Captivating, moving, and always observant...a wonderful, beautiful book; I will never forget it " --Ben Sherwood, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

"Hits all the frets of a powerful story: sharp witted dialogue, vivid characters, insight into medical challenges and prose that snaps like well-placed plucks of guitar strings.... I hold up my lighter and turn it full-flame for Stein's latest work. Encore " -- Seattle Times

"A funny, bewitching, observant book about families, fathers and sons, and growing up, no matter how old you are." -- Oregonian

"A compelling tale." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"An engrossing family drama." -- Publishers Weekly

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Grouping Title how evan broke his head and other secrets
Grouping Author stein garth
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A struggling musician suddenly finds himself father to a teenage boy, in this "compelling" novel by the author of The Art of Racing in the Rain (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean, fourteen years late. Dean's mother ran off to another city long ago—and now that she's passed away, Dean has arrived in Seattle. Evan becomes a single parent in an instant.

Back in the day, he was lead guitarist for a hot band with a hit single. At thirty-one, he gets by as a guitar instructor to middle-aged guys, and does menial work in a music shop. He also struggles with his feelings about being viewed as a slacker by his heart-surgeon dad and his successful-lawyer brother—as well as with the epilepsy that could cause a seizure at any moment.

Now, with Dean in the picture, some things are going to have to change—and both of them will have some growing up to do—in this "engrossing family drama" from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Sudden Light (Publishers Weekly).

Bonus content: Incudes a conversation between Garth and his editor, Bryan Devendorf, drummer for The National

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