The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni (Book Review 2010-39)

The House of Tomorrow 
by Peter Bognanni

 Product Details
  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (March 4, 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156090

Source:  Publisher

Product Description

Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way in town.

Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian, and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious. They form a punk band called The Rash, and it's clear that the upcoming Methodist Church talent show has never seen the likes of them. Wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.

About the Author

Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee, and his short story "The Body Eternal" was chosen by Stephen King as one of the "100 Most Distinguished Stories of 2006." He once played in a terrible high school punk band.



This is wonderful debut with a unique voice.  I think it is somewhere between The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  and The Life of Pi with my favorite punk songs mixed in.  This is the best book I have read so far this year.  This coming of age story really captures some great geek moments and the account of two misplaced teens finding meaning in their lives just hits right on every note.  

PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!  You won't be disappointed...well, you might be if you like normal.

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  1. This sounds great! Amy Einhorn books has been making quite a splash these days...

  2. I felt exactly the same way! Also the best book I have read so far this year!

  3. I'm anything but normal, so I'll probably like it. :)

  4. Thanks for the recommendation. It looks like the kind of tale my daughter would enjoy. She would definitely relate to the geeky tones noted. I'll add this to the list.

  5. I have an ARC of this, and once I finish all of those other ARCs, I'm really excited to get to it.


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