Jem Lester Shtum

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Shtum

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Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, the impassioned debut novel about fathers, sons, and autism.

In this darkly funny and emotive debut, Ben Jewell has hit a breaking point. His profoundly autistic ten-year-old son Jonah has never spoken, and Ben and his wife, Emma, are struggling to cope. When Ben and Emma fake a separation -- a strategic yet ill-advised decision to further Jonah's case in an upcoming tribunal to determine the future of his education -- father and son are forced to move in with Georg, Ben's elderly and cantankerous father. In a small house in north London, three generations of men -- one who can't talk; two who won't -- are thrown together.

As Ben confronts single fatherhood, he must battle a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons to advocate for his son, learning some harsh lessons about accountability from his own father along the way. As the tribunal draws near, Jonah, blissful in his innocence, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history, and misunderstanding are finally untangled. This fiercely funny debut examines the complexities of family and human emotion and gives profound insight into an often-misunderstood disorder.

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About the Author:

Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 - and though there, he denies personal responsibility. He was also the last journalist to interview the legendary Fred Zinnemann, before the director died. He denies responsibility for that too. He taught English and Media studies at secondary schools for nine years. Jem has two children, one of whom is profoundly autistic, and for them he accepts total responsibility. He lives in London with his partner and her two children. Jem's first novel, Shtum, won the 2013 PFD/City University Prize for Fiction.

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''Funny yet heartbreaking.'' --Independent (London)

''A darker, sadder version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but just as moving.'' --Observer (London)

''Complex characters and wonderful descriptions combine to create an honest yet blunt portrayal of the trials and triumphs associated with raising a child with autism.'' --Publishers Weekly

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