Don't Be Afraid

Don't Be Afraid

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Hayward's darkly comic novel of adolescent anxiety reveals an unforgettable family caught in a state of mourning. Meet Jim Morrison--not the lead singer of the Doors who died a rock 'n' roll death in 1971, but a chubby seventeen-year-old living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who was born days after the singer's death. Jim, or Jimmy, as most people call him, has been living a largely invisible life, overshadowed by his older brother, Mike, popular and charismatic, and his father, Fort, a stern and unyielding engineer. Jimmy spends his time avoiding gym, transforming his uneventful days into scenes from his favourite movies and occasionally going on banana diets (special banana carrier required). But everything changes the night the library explodes, with pieces of books and catalogue cards falling like snow from the dark sky. Jimmy is first on the scene with his father and it's soon clear that Mike had been in the library when it exploded, possibly meeting a girlfriend after hours. Mike's death upends the Morrisons' suburban life and any sense of normalcy is destroyed. Their mother, Filomena, is nearly catatonic with shock, and Jimmy must become his much younger brother's nanny, taking him to preschool every day and uncomfortably hanging out with a gang of mothers, watching them breastfeed and talking about peanut allergies. Life gets even more surreal. The cause of the library explosion remains mysterious, and Jimmy tries to help his father unofficially gather evidence at the site. Add to this his duties surrounding his mother's idea to have a birthday party for his dead brother, and Jimmy finds himself busier and, bizarrely, happier than he's ever been. With generous humour and characteristic energy, Steven Hayward weaves a story of the undercurrents of family life and the unpredictable ways our paths can unfold.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780676977363
Branch Call Number: HAYW
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 22 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 08, 2011

Meh. Not a book I'll remember, but an okay read.

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trj120
May 31, 2011

An easy read - it'll make you laugh and make you cry. It's a story about a slightly disfunctional family following the death of a son - told from the point of view of a teenage boy. He's quirky but very entertaining.

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LaRoyal
Mar 03, 2011

Excellent writing and really funny. I will be looking forward to more by this author.

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