Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by us, that highlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication 'can't-wait-to-read' selection is:

 Title: Being Henry David
Author: Cal Armistead
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release Date: 1st March 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old "Hank" has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything --who he is, where he came from, why he's running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or "Hank" and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of--Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead's remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

The story was actually interesting, which was unusual since the what counted as interesting to me usually appeared in fantasy or paranormal books, not contemporary. The idea was especially fresh, which I thought was good for a debut author. (My request at NetGalley just got approved. So the review would be coming up before it's published!)