Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds, especially for Sheila, and now they face a bigger challenge: pregnancy and impending parenthood.
Edward begins penning notes to the child (ever precise, he refers to the gestating being as "Cellular Stanton"), as he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, whose own life is teetering; and the emergence of a long-buried family secret, and the effect of this revelation on his relationship with his overbearing mother.
Even as Edward's world expands, he must confront questions about whom to let in, how much to give, the very definition of family, the fragility of hope, and the expanses of love.
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I listened to the two prequel books to this one, 600 hours of Edward and Edward Adrift and loved them both. They are written from the perspective, and in the voice of Edward a man with Asperger's syndrome. So i was happy to buy this, the third book in the series. Unfortunately, i didn't notice that they have changed narrator, and the voice of "Edward". This just didn't work for me. Like changing the actor for the main character in a TV show and hoping viewers don't notice. Couldn't listen to it. I will read the book instead.
AMAZING. AWESOME. BRILLIANT
I thought this was going to be my least favourite Edward book. The first two had been so fantastic, how could any author keep up that level of magnificence. Boy was I wrong. I have laughed out loud, I have wept, I have sobbed, (loudly and with a great deal of snot). How does he do it? Craig Lancaster is a genius. I have learnt more from Edward than I ever did in school. A truly wonderful emotional roller coaster of a ride. There simply aren't enough superlatives, and I do not possess Craig Lancaster''s eloquence or exquisite turn of phrase. I not only highly recommend that every single person read this book, it really ought to be on the national curriculum. My heart is broken that this is the end of my journey with Edward. But he, Sheila, Scott, Hugo, Raj, Kyle, Donna and even his parents and Jay Lamb will remain in my heart forever. Thank you Mr Lancaster, I salute you and bow to your brilliance. 5 stars doesn't even begin to touch what this book deserves. Writing at its best.
- Melanie Preston Lewis