Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Talk & Giveaway: BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Armistead

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

When your only possession is a worn copy of Walden and you can't remember your past, you make yourself a new one. Hank wakes up in Penn Station to a homeless man trying to steal the one thing he owns - his book. With no idea who he is or why he is there, Hank makes his way to the real Walden Pond, hoping to find clues to his past there.

As memories of his past trickle back he finds himself struggling harder to focus on what little he does know in the present. The few friends he has made have problems of their own. The homeless twins he meets in the city are trying to escape the drug dealer who has them under his thumb, and he only learns their real names while searching for himself in a database of missing children in the local library. And the girl named Haylee who can't quite live down an embarrassment from a year before... but Hank worries that his own past holds something much darker, some thing prevents him from committing to her in the way she'd like.

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