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How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

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Tenth Anniversary Edition

Featuring a conversation between Garth and his editor, Bryan Devendorf, drummer of The National.

Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean, fourteen years late. The boy had been shuttled secretly to another city, along with his teenaged mother, while still a newborn. Now his mother has passed away, and Evan is it—Dad. An instant single parent. 
Evan was once lead guitarist for a hot band with a hit single; now 31, he gets by as a guitar instructor to middle-aged guys, and does menial work in a music shop. With Dean in the picture he has to change fast, which means facing up to the past, to his own father, and to the epilepsy that haunts him and threatens his every moment.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 28, 2005 – Stein (Raven Stole the Moon) builds an engrossing family drama around a Seattle rock musician. Evan's the odd man out in the Wallace family: his dad's a renowned heart surgeon, his mom's the dutiful doctor's wife and his brother's a successful lawyer. His entire life, they've treated Evan like damaged goods, and in some ways he is. Hit by a car as a child, Evan now has frequent and sometimes severe epileptic seizures. And although he once had a top-10 hit, these days Evan gets by working as a guitar shop salesman. Stein ups the emotional ante of the Wallace world by dropping a 14-year-old son, Dean, in Evan's lap when the boy's mother, Evan's high school flame, is killed in an auto accident. Long denied a chance to be involved in Dean's raising, Evan is excited to be a dad, but it isn't easy—there's that exchange when Dean smacks Evan and Evan calls him a "rude little shit," for example. It's as if Stein has taken his hero, set a series of nasty psychological and medical roadblocks in his path, and then stepped back to see if Evan can find his way toward health and happiness. Following the emotionally stunted Evan along his arduous journey isn't always a pleasant experience, but the path is littered with life lessons that Stein weaves into the narrative with honesty and compassion.

Customer Reviews

How Evan Broke His Head

Garth Stein is a brilliant author. It's as simple as that!
I read The Art of Racing in the Rain a few years ago and it was the 1st book in my 46 years of life that I completed in 2 days because I was so captivated.
This story about Evan and his life's mishaps, sends a clear message of realities people face in life and how they're perceived. I was so caught off guard by the ending that I had to immediately re read the last chapter. Brilliant work, when's the next story?
Tina M. Biello, CT

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets


Give this book a chance

......and I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it. Plus, I'll read anything at all that the author of "Racing in the Rain" wrote because that book will never leave me and if you haven't read it, read it - even if it breaks your heart - read it. read this one, too - it's real and you'll like it if you give it a chance.

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Apr 01, 2005
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
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