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A Lite Too Bright Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 8, 2018
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For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.
Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.
It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week—and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer’s—remains a mystery.
But now Arthur has his grandfather’s journal—and a final sentence containing a train route and a destination.
So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather’s last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.
Arthur’s not the only one chasing a legacy—and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth.
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-- Booklist (starred review)
★ “Jumping from clue to clue and train to train across the country, Arthur stumbles upon extraordinary discoveries, from long-lost family members to secret societies. This fresh incarnation of the great American road trip novel is bursting with big ideas, enigmas, poetry, and flashes of humor.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “Charmingly written, this debut novel introduces rounded characters and an engaging mystery. Wonderfully mirroring the disjointed feelings and thoughts of young Arthur and those who have dementia, this literary piece has a satisfying conclusion. A highly recommended purchase for fans of literary and realistic fiction centered around family.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)
“Miller’s debut novel weaves together several other larger-than-life literary figures and events, including gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the beat generation, and the Kent State shootings, creating a love letter to social justice and American literature.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Debut author Miller peppers his well-paced chapters with the poetry of ALP the First. This earnest homage to writers, rebels, and the evergreen ideals of youth will appeal to devotees of John Green and Gayle Forman.” -- The Horn Book
“Arthur’s coming-of-age journey communicates that today’s young rebels’ most important cause may be their own mental health.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
About the Author
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (May 8, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062662007
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062662002
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.45 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story is full of twists and turns and poetry and symbolism. It’s got adventure and love, fear and sadness. I loved how the author told several stories at once, weaving them together to get to the book’s final moments, which were wholly unexpected, at least for me.
The characters are well-written and interesting. The author provides necessary details about each one of them but keeps them just mysterious enough to make you want to know more. Which is why you keep turning the pages!
I ached for the story’s heroes and the journeys they were on. The story evokes strong emotions, especially when things started falling into place, and I honestly couldn’t figure out how things were going to end until they were ending.
I have no idea how this book is classified as far as genres go but it’s different from what I typically read. There’s a little YA in there, some suspense, a hint of thriller, and some good old fashioned mystery. So if you like any of those things, I think you’ll enjoy it.