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600 Hours of Edward,
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This is a wonderful, moving, sometimes funny and often sad, novel about Edward Stanton. Edward is a middle aged man who has obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger's syndrome. I was drawn to the novel as my nephew is autistic and my godson has Asperger's, but I was also wary that the author might not have presented the conditions correctly. In fact, the author has written a book which is sympathetic without being patronising and absolutely brilliantly written.
Edward lives alone, after a series of complaining letters led to a lawsuit which caused his politician father embarrassment. Now his father pays for his house and expenses, plus visits to the helpful Dr Buckley every week, but deals with him mainly through his lawyer, while his mother delegates all important decisions concerning her son to others. Apart from a difficult monthly dinner with his parents, and the visits to Dr Buckley, Edward lives a solitary life. Then things begin to change when Donna Middleton and her young son Kyle move across the street. It is impossible not to read this novel and remain unmoved - Edward is a delightful character and, as he deals with situations which would cause many of us distress, anger or difficulty, you applaud his coping mechanisms and ability to rationalise the crazy world we live in. I think this is an important book, as well as being interesting and well written. It is a good story, incredibly well told, and I am glad I read it.