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Inhaltsangabe: Gifted artist? Standout student? All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian's School. As for Evan, however, he can't be bothered anymore. Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him.
In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally...compassion.
From the Author:
Evan Galloway, the protagonist of The Namesake, has been a part of my life for over ten years. At times, he was my primary focus, pushing aside flesh-and-blood folks, demanding to be heard. There were also dormant stretches when I was unable - or perhaps unwilling - to listen. His has not been an easy story to tell, but it is one I knew I had to attempt. Creating The Namesake has taken me to places both unexpected and familiar.
The story began taking shape in my first graduate class at Wesleyan University. It was a leap of faith, after writing papers about young adult novels, to imagine I could write a novel of my own. I've been fortunate in that leap to have had the support of incredible teachers, friends and family.
In his book, On Writing, Stephen King likens stories to "found things, like fossils in the ground," defining "writing as excavation." I've found this to be true, and there were definitely times I doubted my agility in digging carefully enough to unearth the thing unharmed. As Evan's story deepened, taking dark and surprising twists, I've felt at times it was my job just to hang on and listen.
Through his struggle to know his lost father, Evan learns an awful lot about himself. For me, creating Evan has been a learning experience as well. I've discovered how poetry can inform my fiction, how the tiniest detail can make all the difference, and how faith truly can sustain us. My faith in this story grew slowly, nurtured by that early support I mentioned.
Recently, The Namesake has garnered pre-release attention and praise, winning the Young Adult category of the 2011 Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children's Literature. When I read an excerpt at the awards ceremony, someone compared my book to The Catcher in the Rye; my agent, Victoria Marini, has likened it to the work of the supremely talented John Green; and my editor, the amazing Jacquelyn Mitchard, referred to my writing as "masterful." All this acclaim is, of course, wonderful as I prepare for the release of my debut novel. At its heart, though, this book is simply Evan's chance to share his story, to relate his painful journey with truth and humor.
The Namesake is an important work for me on so many levels, and I'm truly honored and humbled to share it with you. I hope you'll enjoy it.
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