Keeper and Kid: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jan 8, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
3 Reviews

"Keeper and Kid is a marvel. I dare you. Open this book and try to put it down." ---Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room

Eight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude. They got married, found a dog, and shopped for cilantro. But conflicting schedules and a real estate deal gone bad took its toll on the twenty-somethings in love. One divorce later, the hand-me-down chairs were separated, the potato masher custody settled, and Keeper moved to Providence to work with his best friend selling antiques at a quirky shop called Love and Death.

A new job, a new love, and a new life now in place, Keeper is in a comfortable situation. Business is steady, Leah (the new love) is intriguing and passionate, and Keeper's friends always turn up for Sunday evening Card Night.

But one phone call from his former mother-in-law changes everything. And so days later, Keeper comes away with a son he never knew he had, and life all of a sudden takes on a new meaning.

Leo, the precocious three-year-old who sports Keeper's square chin, is more than a handful---he eats only round foods, refuses to bathe, thinks he's a bear, and refers to Leah as "that man." For a guy who never thought he'd be a parent, Keeper is thrown headfirst into fatherhood---and has no idea what to do. As Keeper and Leo adjust to the shock of each other and their suddenly very different lives, Keeper begins to let the people in his life in, in turns strange and heartwarming, funny and painful. But some, like Leah, aren't so eager for change.

In this humorous and poignant novel, Edward Hardy explores the depths of modern love, parenthood, and compromise. Keeper and Kid is the story of how a normal guy receives an unexpected gift and in turn must learn to ask more of others and himself. A coming-of-age story for the guy who thought he had already grown up, Keeper and Kid is a sharp and witty account of what we do for love.

Advance Praise for Keeper and Kid

"A fine, fetching novel with a good heart. Keeper is nimble and affecting, a tribute to the author's endless comic inventiveness."---Stewart O'Nan, author of The Good Wife

"At once immensely engaging and about the things that matter most: how we love, how we move on, how the past moves with us. Lovely, wise, and surprising."---Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief

"Ed Hardy's voice in Keeper and Kid grabs you and won't let you go until the very last page. Full of local color, bittersweet characters, and a story we can all relate to---the day your past arrives on the doorstep of your present life."---Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room

 

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User Review  - walterqchocobo - LibraryThing

This was a sweet story about a guy (Jimmy Keeper) and the three year old son that he didn't know he had with his ex-wife. Suddenly, he is a father of a three year old. The book follows his adventures ... Read full review

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User Review  - jacketscoversread - LibraryThing

I walked away for this novel with mixed emotions. It’s a great story, none the less. But what was up with Grace? Why didn’t Keeper just say “forget you,” or a version of that, to Leah? Does Leo ever ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
3
CHAPTER THREE
8
CHAPTER FOUR
18
CHAPTER FIVE
29
CHAPTER SIX
36
CHAPTER SEVEN
51
CHAPTER EIGHT
59
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
150
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
164
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
180
CHAPTER NINETEEN
197
CHAPTER TWENTY
207
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
218
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
228
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
240

CHAPTER NINE
71
CHAPTER TEN
90
CHAPTER ELEVEN
102
CHAPTER TWELVE
112
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
122
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
134
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
144
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
249
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
262
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
273
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
280
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
292
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About the author (2008)

Edward Hardy is the author of the novel Geyser Life, grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., has an MFA from Cornell, and has published stories in Ploughshares, GQ, Witness, The Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and other literary magazines. His work has been included in The Best American Short Stories.

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