|About the Book|
A brilliant and moving coming-of-age story in the tradition of Wonder by R. J. Palacio and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon--this debut novel is written with tremendous humor and charm.This is Alexs story. But heMoreA brilliant and moving coming-of-age story in the tradition of Wonder by R. J. Palacio and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon--this debut novel is written with tremendous humor and charm.This is Alexs story. But he doesnt know exactly what its about yet, so you probably shouldnt either.Instead, here are some things that its sort of about (but not really):Its sort of (but not really) about brain surgery.Its sort of (but not really) about a hamster named Jaws 2 (after the original Jaws (who died), not the movie Jaws 2).Its sort of (but actually quite a lot) about Alexs parents.Its sort of (but not really) about feeling ostrichized (which is a better word for excluded (because ostriches cant fly so they often feel left out)).Its sort of (but not really (but actually, the more you think about it, kind of a lot)) about empathy (which is like sympathy only better), and also love and trust and fate and time and quantum mechanics and friendship and exams and growing up.And its also sort of about courage. Because sometimes it actually takes quite a lot of it to bury your head in the sand.Advance praise for OstrichIrresistible! Ostrich is loaded with wit, charm, and wisdom. Alex is one of the sweetest and most inspiring narrators Ive ever encountered. I dare you not to laugh, cry, and fall utterly in love.--Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Whered You Go, Bernadette?One of the bravest novels Ive read in a very long time. Matt Greene lets the reader become detective, and clue by clue we uncover not only the truth of Alexs world, but the deepest truths of what it means to love and lose.--Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves Im HomeOstrich has given me the most enjoyable reading experience Ive had all year and has one of the funniest and most engaging young narrators Ive had the pleasure of reading. Matt Greene is seriously funny and in Ostrich proves comedy can be the finest of arts.--Matt Haig, author of The Humans From the Trade Paperback edition.