Fiction. When Tommy's parents abandon him as a baby, his grandmother Gaga takes him to her reclusive house at the top of Pike's Peak. Gaga's parenting methods are extreme, but Tommy soon learns her eccentricities are nothing compared to the rest of his family. As he's passed between his outlandish aunts, Tommy's journey takes him to the country homestead of Aunt Tess (who hides surprising objects in her voluminous hair), the four city houses of Aunt Penny (who prefers to communicate by ESP), and the cave-like desert home of Aunt Chelsea the coyote hunter. As his cross-country romp reveals how bizarrely different families can be, Tommy begins to wonder if the conventional home he's dreamed of might not be for him after all.
THE TALL TALE OF TOMMY TWICE captures the unmoored feelings of young adulthood and the complexities of American identity. It's a dazzling novel about the ineffability of childhood and the nature of family and relationships in the increasingly rootless American experience.
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Nathan Leslie is the author of seven story collections and former fiction editor at Pedestal Magazine. THE TALL TALE OF TOMMY TWICE (Atticus Books, 2012) is his debut novel.Review:
For Drivers: ''I have long been a fan of Nathan's first person writing style and this collection showcases his ability to great effect... Anyone who's found themselves gripping their steering wheel in this type of manner will enjoy Nathan Leslie's new book.''--Jason Sanford of Story South
For Madre: ''Leslie has a poet's keenness for words, their metaphorical resonance...'' ----Charles Rammelkamp from The Potomac
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Book Description Atticus Books, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110984040501
Book Description Atticus Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0984040501 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1511451