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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SOHO PRESS; 10th edition (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616954310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616954314
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Price on 23 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this earlier novel after finishing Garth Stein's" The Art of Racing in the Rain." I find the two novels to be very different yet still sharing wonderful similarities. Two character-driven tales conceived and penned by the same sensitive hand.

"How Evan Broke his Head and other secrets" is the story of Evan Wallace, 31-years old, a brilliant rock guitarist and musician living alone in his late grandfather's small apartment (with a terrific view). Evan is the son of a prominent Seattle heart surgeon and his obedient wife, and is the older brother to Charlie, a seemingly over-achieving attorney on the partner track. Evan is damaged - he has suffered from epilepsy since age 12 when, on a dare, he ran in front of a car, was struck and nearly killed. Evan's epilepsy -- its cause and its symptoms -- is a major aspect of Evan's character. I am very affected by its full burden here and the steady courage Mr. Stein has discovered in Evan, the hero of this story.

In this novel, Evan discovers friends, family, love and opportunity hovering just out of reach. He finds a 14 year old son lost to him shortly after birth and chooses to embrace and care about him. He finds a woman who sees his worth. Great responsibilities accompany parenthood; fear and confusion precede commitment; forgiveness accompanies a life that is not solitary. Evan faces the fact that he has terrible secrets and must choose to understand and reveal them lest he leave them only half-buried. As shown in The Art of Racing in the Rain, Mr. Stein's prose is dialogue-driven, visual. I find his writing completely engaging and satisfying.

To quote the wise philosopher Enzo (from The Art of Racing in the Rain): "understanding the truth is simple; allowing oneself to experience it can sometimes be terrifically difficult."

All in all, a very cool book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. mcmonagle on 18 Oct. 2010
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Once again Garth Stein had me hooked from the first page, I didn't want this sad story to end, it was up and down with emotion Evan the main character struggling to keep his problem a secret.I totally understand how a person who suffers from seizures
must feel now having read this book.Brilliant a must read.
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By anon on 4 Nov. 2013
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I chose this rating as it was a very well written, interesting book and was hard to put down. A very emotional theme throughout and the storyline was dealt with in a very believable and sympathetic way.
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By Sharon Paterson on 16 Dec. 2013
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A great read. Cried as much as I did with The art of racing in the rain. Wish Gareth Steinwould right more books. Read Hotel Angeline because of his involvement. Was not disappointed.
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By mark brooker on 27 Feb. 2014
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Great characters and storyline. Sad at times but always keeping a level of humour. Evan is a modern day hero!
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