I have a fondness for fiction that has a sense of humor and place – and if it says something old-as-time in a new way, even better. These stories meet all the marks. The title piece absolutely blindsided me.
The characters are not exactly likeable (often, unlikable) yet for all their privilege and obliviousness they are still relatable. They might be friends of yours. Heiny captures women’s worlds, their friendships, indiscretions, and interior lives, with quiet accuracy. Her style is fresh, “slice of life” and sneak attack clever. For me this is THE breakout read for 2015.
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. The hallmarks of Asperger's can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, his family is forced to wonder: Did Jacob commit murder?
This is a ticketed event.
The cost of the ticket is $28.00 (plus tax) and includes a free copy of the book, House Rules.
Tickets will be available for purchase on March 2, 2010 (the day of the book's release) at Vroman's Main Store and Hastings Ranch.