Best-selling author Brock Clarke is acclaimed for his wry, absurdist humor. In Exley, Clarke introduces nine-year-old Miller, who becomes convinced that his father-who left without explanation-must have run away to join the military, and is now lying comatose in a VA hospital. Thinking a visit from his father's favorite writer will help revive him, Miller decides to track down A Fan's Notes author Frederick Exley. "[A] charming story, at times hilarious ."-Library Journal
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"An undisputed prodigy, 9-year-old seventh-grader Miller insists that his father is in a VA hospital in Watertown, New York, with injuries suffered from fighting in Iraq. Neither his therapist nor his mother believes him. Narrator Michael Sullivan gets Miller's child-genius attitude just right. We are sad for the boy who is trying to make sense of his father's abandonment of his family. Sullivan doesn't sentimentalize, allowing Miller his own voice--sometimes nasty, often coolly superior. As Miller's pompous, self-satisfied therapist, Chris Sorenson is annoying and spot-on. He's completely credible as the doctor lustfully fantasizes about Miller's mother. Miller's father's favorite book is Frederick Exley's A FAN'S NOTES, and Miller believes that his father will recover if only he can find Exley. Worthwhile listening. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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