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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (9 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611099056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611099058
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Washington. Grew up in Texas. Lived his adult years in Texas, Alaska, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington, California and, now, Montana. It's the sort of background that informs Craig Lancaster's fiction, set largely in the contemporary American West and, particularly, his adopted home of Montana.

"I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields of the West when I was a kid," Lancaster says. "It was such a vast, beautiful, overwhelming place. From the first time I saw Montana, I wanted to be a part of it."

A couple of years after Craig's arrival in the Big Sky State in his mid-30s, he began chasing a long-held dream: writing novels. His debut, 600 Hours of Edward, was born in 2008 in the crucible of National Novel Writing Month, that every-November free-for-all of furious writing. In October 2009, it was published by Riverbend Publishing of Helena, Montana, and has since gone on to be selected as a Montana Honor Book and a High Plains Book Award winner.

His follow-up, The Summer Son, was released in January 2011 by AmazonEncore, to similar acclaim. Booklist called the new novel "a classic western tale of rough lives and gruff, dangerous men, of innocence betrayed and long, stumbling journeys to love."

Next came "Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure," a collection of short fiction, including pieces Lancaster originally published in Montana Quarterly magazine. That book, released by Missouri Breaks Press, came out in December 2011.

Lancaster's work delves deeply below the surface of its characters, teasing out the desires and motivations that lead us through our lives.

"It's all too easy to turn people into caricatures, but the truth is, we humans are pretty damned fascinating," he says. "For me, fiction is a way at getting at truth. I use it to examine the world around me, the things that disturb me, the questions I have about life -- whether my own or someone else's. My hope is that someone reading my work will have their own emotional experience and bring their own thoughts to what they read on the page."

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About the Author

Craig Lancaster is a journalist who has worked at newspapers all over the country, including the San Jose Mercury News, where he served as lead editor for the paper’s coverage of the BALCO steroids scandal. He wrote 600 Hours of Edward—winner of a Montana Book Award honorable mention and a High Plains Book Award—in less than 600 hours during National Novel Writing Month in 2008. His other books include the novel The Summer Son and the short story collection Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. Lancaster lives in Billings, Montana.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 10 April 2013
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In the follow up to 600 Hours of Edward, things are not going so well for 42-year old Mr. Stanton, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome. Much has changed for Edward in the years following his father's death. His friends have moved away, he has lost his job, his therapist has retired and now he has also been diagnosed with diabetes. In addition to this, his nightly scheduled viewing of the Dragnet TV series has been disrupted. When his friend and former neighbour Donna rings to say that her son and Edward's best friend 12-year-old Kyle has been expelled from school, he is keen to help which leads to a road trip to Boise. Will Edward manage to help Kyle and get his own life back in order?

I would recommend Edward Adrift to those who enjoyed 600 Hours of Edward and would recommend reading that book first if you have not already read it to fully understand the characters and their motivations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and look forward to reading the next instalment of Edward's life, which there must surely be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun 2013
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One of the best books I have read in a long time.This is the second of what I hope will be a series of volumes about the Asberger syndrome suffering Edward. Although I have not read the first [which I am about to put right], Edward Adrift is a fine stand alone read. Set in present day Montana; his father has died, his mother has moved to Texas, his best friends and psychiatrist have left town and to crown it all he looses his job. "Adrift" does not nearly cover such changes in his over precise, over regulated life.
He gets a call for help from said friends whose 12 year old son has gone off the rails and being a decent man he leaves the security of his home and drives to the rescue. There follows a hilarious road trip, documented in every detail, with young Kyle as Edward tries to rekindle their friendship and discover what went wrong in Kyle's young life. On their travels they meet the motel owning Shiela Renfro who is just a little bit unusual and a touching friendship develops which could lead to a permanent relationship until Edward's mother intervenes. To expose more in a review would be wrong, but be assured that there are a few twists and developments along the way to the conclusion.
This is a beautiful love story with never a dull moment.
There is humour, sometimes laugh out loud humour,on almost every page.The leading characters are so likeable that one wants the tale to turn out well. But will it?
The author,Craig Lancaster is a new discovery for me and I relish reading his previous and future work.
Anyone who likes a well crafted yarn peppered with realistic dialogue. believable characters and dollops of humour will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 July 2013
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Having worked with children with special needs for many years, and also known quite a few delightful adults, many undiagnosed as children, who have gone on to make very happy lives and relationships, I found this book interesting. It portrayed well Edwards difficulties and "specialness" as an adult with Asperger's, as well as presenting him very much as an individual capable of giving so much to others. A good, unusual read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laineya52 on 17 May 2013
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I loved Edward from the first book but he really seems to grow as a person in this one.

Inspiring, made me laugh out loud and I couldn't wait for my boyfriend to read bits so that we could talk about them.

Beautiful story too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy on 25 Sep 2013
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I have just read '600 hours of Edward' and 'Edward Adrift' back to back in 3 days! What a wonderful character and absolutely brilliantly written books. I have worked with'developmentally disabled but not stupid' children most of my working life and the joy of reading books by an author who clearly can see how special these amazing people are has been a complete joy. Thank you Mr Lancaster for Edward!
I have laughed,cried and cheered with him through every page and each book left me with that 'feel good' feeling which is so rare in today's fiction.
I rate both these books 5 stars and recommend them to everyone.
(Could we please have a follow up?I really want to know what happens next to our unlikely hero and his Sheila!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sep 2013
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I choose this book from reading the blurb on amazon but missed that it was a sequel. When the book arrived I realised but, as I had not read the first book, was a bit apprehensive. Quickly I found that I had not missed out on anything and that this book stands on its own very well as the back story is explained in Edwards precise way of talking.
Edward narrates his tale day by day starting from him losing his job. He has aspergers and OCD which give him a factual, unemotive way of thinking about the world. Particularly interesting is that he is very aware of the consequences of his condition and has done a lot of work to mitigate (I like this word!) these effects. In his daily weather and travel journal we see his obsessive tendancies and get into his head through the narration.
He is a very realistic character and easy to engage with on many levels. There is however something quite dry about him which I found difficult at times. Edwards adventures do have elements of humour in them which I'm not convinced worked all of the time as it is hard to have reality and humour at the same time. I recently read The Rosie Project which has a similar protagonist but primarily aims to be funny and hits it on the nail everytime. Whilst Edward is very real there are a few surprisingly sensitive things he does which don't quite seem to follow the rest of his character.
This is being a little picky though and generally I thought this was a great book to read.
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