When one enters the world of “magic realism” created by Gabriel Garcia Marquez one is never certain if events that he describes could actually happen. However, under his inimitable spell one quickly understands he is weaving a world where such things not only can happen, they must happen. A similar kind of experience awaits those who read THE EIGHT FOOT BOY, a new novel by Carley Eason Evans. Unbelievably believable events happen to young Tim Holden, a boy genetically destined to be astoundingly different from his peers. Although he does not achieve the height attributed to him in the book title, he does come close by the time Ms. Evans elects to close the story.
The Eight-Foot Boy
by Carley Eason Evans
Jeff Bickley’s review Jul 18, 13
4 of 5 stars
Read from July 13 to 17, 2013
** spoiler alert ** In The Eight-Foot Boy, we follow the early life of young Tim Holden. Not Timothy, just Tim. Tim is born a bit longer than the normal baby, and continues to be taller than anyone else his age. By the time he graduates college, he is taller than anyone. He is also extremely intelligent. He graduates college at the age of 14, after spending the majority of this schooling being tutored by Scott Flanders.
In truth, it’s a delightful (sometimes scary) story about the relationship between a boy and his tutor who becomes his best friend. Scott becomes a father-figure to Tim, mostly because his real father is a pompous jerk.
Most interesting to me, is the effect music has on Tim. At one point in the story, he finds an old record player and some vinyl records. When he plays the records, the music literally knocks him down. Yet he finds great pleasure in music, even stating that it is the only thing that makes him happy. We leave Tim at college graduation, wondering what happens next. Satisfied, yet not quite.
On Saturday, August 3rd from 8 a.m. to noon ( or later ) I am book-signing at a local coffee shop.