Looks Like Howard: An irreverent memoir of death, childhood, and growing up

 
9781517501679: Looks Like Howard: An irreverent memoir of death, childhood, and growing up
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In this irreverent memoir, author Patricia Kambitsch tells how her father's untimely death spurred a lifetime of storytelling. However dead he may be, Howard, the mild-mannered, über-geek hero, thrives through the collective memories and imagination of his widow and six children. Questions of what really happened to her father give way to fantasy suspicions that include the questionable next-door neighbor who was last seen with her father, secret government projects, and alien abduction. Truer tales range from imaginative family antics at graveside, to bullying in the bathtub, to playing Jesus on the sidewalk. In the end, answers to the questions become less important than truths revealed through the re-creation of the past through shared memories.

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Ever since I've known Howard, he's been dead.

However dead he may be, Howard, the mild-mannered, über-geek hero, thrives through the collective memories of his widow and six children. Questions of what really happened to Howard give way to fantasy suspicions that include the questionable next-door neighbor who was last seen with her father, secret government projects, and alien abduction. Truer tales range from imaginative family antics at graveside, to playing Jesus on the sidewalk.

These flashes of memory illuminate the complexity of family relationships revealing--though never wallowing in--grief, jealousy, deceit, rivalry, and love.

About the Author:

Patricia Kambitsch doodles during meetings and paints big faces on cardboard. She is the author of the graphic novel, The Adventures of Warrior Woman: Too Much Passion and creator of the play Warrior Woman and the Planet of Robots. She lives and works in Toronto with her husband Peter Jones.

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