Connor, aged nine, arrives in the play therapy room of child psychiatrist James Innes with the diagnosis "autistic". His mother Laura, an aloof, enigmatic novelist, can not handle him. His rancher father, embroiled in divorcing Laura, does not feel there is anything really wrong with Conor.
Just as good as A History of Tractors, Marina Lewycka is funny, different, original, and creates a tale that twists and turns at every given moment. You will certainly think twice about the plight of immigrants after reading this.
Set in Melbourne in the 1950s, a 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder when he is spying through a window of a strange house. In the following weeks he comes to map out all the significant adventures he has in the labyrinthine city, trying to make sure he doesn′t cross the path of the murderer... Comics and superheroes inform his strategies for avoiding the bogeyman, as does the memory of his twin brother, Tom, who recently died in a tragic accident.