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A Stranger on the Planet : A Novel

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The Lives of Seth Shapiro and his two siblings by Adam Schwartz

Schwartz's debut novel is the touching and funny account of Seth Shapiro's dysfunctional but lovable family beginning in 1969, six years after his parents' traumatic divorce. His father starts a new family, but Seth and his twin sister … see full wiki

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A Portrait of a Man Trying to Find Himself

  • Apr 29, 2011
Throughout the book Seth seems to have only two real friends; Rachel, his lesbian girlfriend and his sister Sarah. It is Rachel who Seth seems to really love and maybe it is because he can't really have her the way he wants. Rachel helps give him ideas to write a short story called A Stranger On the Planet. Rachel gets very angry that Seth used her most emotional moment of her life to include in the story, though the characters and names are different. This story turns out to be the best thing Seth ever wrote and the author includes it on the last pages of the book.

Throughout the book, Seth keeps searching for ways to improve his relationships with his mother, father and Rachel. His other relationships are total failures especially one with Molly who he was married to for a short time. This book would definately be a good college read because the class could discuss all Seth's different relationships and why they are and why Seth is so determined to change them, ignoring other important things in his life.

I liked most of the book but I kept wanting to slap Seth across the face and shake some sense into him about things that appear obvious.

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April 29, 2011
wow. I like books about relationships; they often have something to offer to reality. Thanks, Michael!
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