The Boy Walker

by David Perlstein



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/21/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9781491714096
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9781491714102

About the Book

Brute Greenbaum faces challenges beyond those of ordinary 12-year-olds. Faded hearing. Dimming eyesight. Bad hips. A penchant for farting. They're normal for an English Bulldog equivalent to a human centenarian and pursued by the Malach HaMavet—the Angel of Death. But they're only the beginning.

A cantankerous lover of literature, rabinnic wisdom, humor and skateboarding, Brute must hold together the remnants of his shattered San Francisco family. Abbie Greenbaum, a 24-year-old dog walker, remains estranged from his college-professor father Morty more than a decade after the deaths of Abbie’s sister and mother. Yet he and Morty still live in the same house.

Enter Sarah—a 10-year-old with Down syndrome—and Rivka, her divorced Jewish-Chinese mother who teaches stand-up comedy and can't shake her ex, a classically trained cellist into bondage.

The three Greenbaums encounter a series of trials posed by mortality, jealousy and long-buried secrets, which represent nothing—and everything—to laugh about.

About the Author

DAVID PERLSTEIN authored the novels Slick! (Kirkus Reviews selection, Top 25 Indie Books of 2012) and San Café. He also wrote the non-fiction book God's Others: Non-Israelites' Encounters with God in the Hebrew Bible. David lives in San Francisco.