A Stranger on the Planet

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Soho Press, 2011 - Fiction - 291 pages
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In the summer of 1969, twelve-year-old Seth lives with his unstable mother, Ruth, and his brother and sister in a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey. His father lives with his new wife in a ten-room house and has no interest in Seth and his siblings. Seth is dying to escape from his mother’s craziness and suffocating love, her marriage to a man she’s known for two weeks, and his father’s cold disregard.
 
Over the next four decades, Seth becomes the keeper of his family’s memories and secrets. At the same time, he emotionally isolates himself from all those who love him, especially his mother. But Ruth is also Seth’s muse, and this enables him to ultimately find redemption, for both himself and his family.
 

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User Review  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

It barely held my interest enough to finish it, but I kept waiting for "it" to happen for me and it didnt. The main character seemed rather dull to me. The story follows the childhood and adulthood of ... Read full review

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User Review  - elvisettey - LibraryThing

Seth Shapiro's family is a little dysfunctional. Please read the preceding statement as the understatement of the century. Ruth, his mother, is unpredictable, and possesses a mouth that is likely to ... Read full review

Contents

SEA OF TRANQUILITY
THE GRAMMAR OF LOVE
ORPHANS
BOTH ENDS
DANCING WITH ELIJAH
A STRANGER ON THE PLANET
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Adam Schwartz is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. His stories have been widely anthologized, and portions of A Stranger on the Planet have previously been published as stories in The New Yorker. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. This is his first novel.

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