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Penguin, Jun 1, 1996 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Recommended reading by the National Mental Health Association.
To his mother, twelve-year-old Benjamin Sherman is an object of pity and anxiety. To his father, he is bizarre and embarrassing. To his psychiatrist, he is a case study in mental illness. To the counselors at the camp where he is spending his summer, Benjamin is a “freaky kid” who shuns his peers and is strangely—and perhaps dangerously—attached to his best friend, Elliot, a stuffed letter H.
Through the letters of his sister, mother, father, camp counselors, and psychiatrist—and, most touchingly, through those Benjamin writes to Elliot—this audacious and utterly unsentimental novel gives us a moving and sometimes shocking intimacy with a child whose disorder may be a kind of fragile genius. H is an astute, sympathetic evocation of the state we persist in calling “madness.”
“A new and mind-boggling perspective on mental illness from the point of view of the sufferer and those who would love and care about him…. H is a very poignant, enthralling debut.”—The Boston Globe
“Shepard is a reverse archaeologist, designing a tiny contemporary lost world for readers to excavate. Everything matters…Shepard gets everything right.”—New York Magazine

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This slim fictional collection of letters from, to, and about a disturbed 12-year-old boy reads more like a writing-class assignment than a debut novel. At the start, Benjamin is heading to summer ... Read full review


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Elizabeth Shepard, a professional archivist in New York, was the Montclair Public Library Local History archivist from 1995 to 2001. In 2003, she coauthored Images of America: Montclair with her father, Royal Shepard, the former Montclair historian. Mike Farrelly has been Montclair's official historian since 2004.

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