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  • Bewilderment


Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/10/2022
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Breathtakingly Beautiful and Achingly Sad
This is like a cross between Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon and a Ted talk by Greta Thunberg. Don't say I haven't warned you. It's devastating. Absolu... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
A cosmic amount of thought and love have gone into this book, and it shines because of it. There are passages within of pure beauty, and such tender writin... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
"Nobody else is protesting anything? Everyone in the state is perfectly happy with everything just the way it is?"
Bewilderment follows the life of a father (Theo) and son (Robin). The father is an astrobiologist, who endlessly dreams up worlds with extraordinary but ve... READ MORE


Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for October 2022

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529115253
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 234g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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