Blind Sight by Meg Howrey
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This spellbinding story introduces the unforgettable seventeen-year-old narrator, Luke Prescott, who has been brought up in a bohemian matriarchy by his divorced New Age mother, a religious grandmother, and two precocious half-sisters. Having spent a short lifetime swinging agreeably between the poles of Eastern mysticism and New England Puritanism, Luke is fascinated by the new fields of brain science and believes in having evidence for his beliefs. “Without evidence,” he declares, “you just have hope, which is nice, but not reliable.” Luke is writing his college applications when his father—a famous television star whom he never knew—calls and invites him to Los Angeles for the summer. Luke accepts and is plunged into a world of location shooting, celebrity interviews, glamorous parties, and premieres. As he begins to know the difference between his father’s public persona and his private one, Luke finds himself sorting through his own personal mythology.
    
By the end of the summer Luke thinks he has found the answers he’s been seeking, only to discover that the differences between truth and belief are not always easy to spot, and that evidence can be withheld: when Luke returns home, his mother reveals something she knows will change everything for him.
    
With Blind Sight, Meg Howrey gives us a smart, funny, and deeply moving story about truth versus belief, about what we do and don’t tell ourselves—with the result, as Luke says, that we don’t always know what we know.


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About Meg Howrey

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Meg Howrey was a professional dancer and actress. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Mark asks to meet Luke, offspring of a one-night romance, and with Sara's agreement, Mark flies Luke to Hollywood to spend the summer.

Mar 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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The product of a one-night stand and the only male child in several generations of women, Luke was raised to be accepting, sensitive, and adept at reading signals, qualities that help him bond with a man he never knew and take Hollywood insanity in stride.

Nov 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

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Aurora and Pearl, though minor characters, bounce off the pages as credible products of Sara’s parenting, while Mark’s mother, Bubbles, and Leila, the girl Luke meets at a Hollywood party, refresh and startle the reader as well as Luke.

May 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

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It’s the summer of 2007, and 17-year-old Luke Prescott has three tasks: drafting college application essays a year early, “running between seventy and seventy-five miles per week, and getting to know my father.” The preliminary essay sketches, which make up the first half of most of Blind Sight’s...

Apr 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Luke Prescott is growing up in an estrogen-heavy household — New Agey mom, evangelical grandmother, freethinking older sisters — when he hears from his biological father, Mark Franco, a famous actor on a TV action series.

Jun 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

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The Anniston Star

It is a world in which, as Mark warns Luke, “everybody uses everybody.” How easy it would have been for Meg Howrey to have conceived a novel in which a wide-eyed innocent is corrupted by an avaricious world, but she’s too much in control of Luke to turn him into a cliché.

May 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

Culture Mob

Perhaps this is why Meg Howrey’s debut novel, Blind Sight, places seventeen-year-old Luke – son of Sara, a yoga instructor, and Mark, an estranged action-movie star who has just gotten back in touch – within the frame of visual psychology.

May 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Blind Sight: A Novel

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