A Lite Too Bright
For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.
Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.
It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week—and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer’s—remains a mystery.
But now Arthur has his grandfather’s journal—and a final sentence containing a train route and a destination.
So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather’s last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.
Arthur’s not the only one chasing a legacy—and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth.
After his ex-girlfriend takes out a restraining order against him and he loses his college scholarship, 18-year-old Arthur Louis Pullman III's world implodes. He goes to live with his aunt and uncle, where he uncovers the journal of his late grandfather and namesake. Arthur's grandfather was a famed author who was plagued by Alzheimer's. His mysterious death seems to link back to the years before he wrote an American classic and disappeared from public view ( la J.D. Salinger). Following the clues he perceives within his grandfather's writings, and attempting to relive the first Arthur Louis Pullman's final days, Arthur boards a train for a cross-country odyssey. Miller's debut novel weaves together several other larger-than-life literary figures and events, including gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the beat generation, and the Kent State shootings, creating a love letter to social justice and American literature. The story integrates sections from Arthur's grandfather's piercing, at times bewildering, poems, which come to mirror young Arthur's own tortuous search for balance, meaning, and personal redemption amid chaos. This complex and turbulent novel sees a troubled teenager slowly regain a sense of purpose by forging a connection with the past. Ages 13 up.
Love this book sooo much! Impossible to put down and really gets you thinking!