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Inhaltsangabe: From the award-winning novelist David Whitehouse, hailed by "The" "New York Times" as "a writer to watch," a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels. "An archivist of his mother," Bobby Nusku spends his nights meticulously cataloging her hair, clothing, and other traces of the life she left behind. By day, Bobby and his best friend Sunny hatch a plan to transform Sunny, limb-by-limb, into a cyborg who could keep Bobby safe from schoolyard torment and from Bobby's abusive father and his bleach-blonde girlfriend. When Sunny is injured in a freak accident, Bobby is forced to face the world alone. Out in the neighborhood, Bobby encounters Rosa, a peculiar girl whose disability invites the scorn of bullies. When Bobby takes Rosa home, he meets her mother, Val, a lonely divorcee, whose job is cleaning a mobile library. Bobby and Val come to fill the emotional void in each other's lives, but their bond also draws unwanted attention. After Val loses her job and Bobby is beaten by his father, they abscond in the sixteen-wheel bookmobile. On the road they are joined by Joe, a mysterious but kindhearted ex-soldier. This "puzzle of people" will travel across England, a picaresque adventure that comes to rival those in the classic books that fill their library-on-wheels. At once tender, provocative and darkly funny, "Mobile Library "is a fable about the intrinsic human desire to be loved and understood--and about one boy's realization that the kinds of adventures found in books can happen in real life. It is the ingenious second novel by a writer whose prose has been hailed as "outlandishly clever" ("The" "New York Times") and "deceptively effortless" ("The" "Boston Globe").

Review: "There's no question that [David Whitehouse] is a writer to watch."--Janet Maslin "New York Times "

"Outlandishly clever description... Ingenious one-liners... There's no question that [David Whitehouse] is a writer to watch."--Janet Maslin, New York Times

"A gorgeous, heartrending book, a book full of sentences so apt and well wrought, I sometimes had to read them twice."--Henry Alford, San Francisco Chronicle

"David Whitehouse has taken what might be a gimmicky hook in a lesser writer's hands--a romance triangulating around a bedridden media spectacle, the world's most obese man--and turned it, through lapidary prose, into a soulful meditation on a fraternal love as singular as it is universal."--Teddy Wayne, author of Kapitoil

""Bed" is a deftly-told wonder. Mr. Whitehouse's writing is accomplished, poetic, and deeply affecting." --Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned

"The best new novel I've read in ages."--Sam Delaney, Guardian

"Brilliant language and very expressive writing."--prize citation, "To Hell With Prizes Award" 2010

Praise for the Betty-Trask Prize-winning novel "Bed"
"Outlandishly clever description... Ingenious one-liners... There's no question that [David Whitehouse] is a writer to watch."--Janet Maslin, New York Times

Praise for "Mobile Library
""A great read and a touching and funny exploration of the true meaning of family."--S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep

"A great, tender-hearted story about stories. It's a book about what books can give us, and how they can add to our adventure - or even take us on one. A lovely read."--Matt Haig, author of The Humans

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