Every Good Boy Does Fine by Timothy Laskowski
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Tim Laskowski's novel provides a unique insider's look into the world of a brain-injured man in his mid-thirties. More than a decade before the novel opens, Robert Nyquist suffered traumatic injury in a rock-climbing accident near his home in Missoula, Montana. His once-bright future irrevocably lost, he is now writing this account of his present life as he starts Transitions, a new rehab program that promises to teach him the skills necessary to leave the group home to live more independently. Robert is aided in his ambitious endeavor to record his thoughts by a volunteer writing coach, Ellen, who encourages him to articulate his feelings and helps him to make his memoir intelligible. Telling his story causes Robert to explore and re-define his relationships - with Lorna, another group home resident who is dying of multiple sclerosis and with whom he has established a sexual and emotional bond; with his parents, who are still struggling to accept their son's disabilities; with his adolescent son John, whose very existence still fills him with uncertainty; and with his caregivers. Robert's voice is that of a man desperate to achieve coherence and "appropriateness" in the midst of a swirling, confusing reality.

About Timothy Laskowski

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Timothy earned his B.A. in social work from Gannon University.
Published May 12, 2003 by Southern Methodist University Press. 188 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He lives in a home with other hard-luck cases, scratching out a fragmented life: he may have a son he doesn’t remember, and he thinks he’s still 23, though he’s really not sure how many years he’s been at the home.

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His family life is equally problematic: Robert's parents have become reluctant to visit him, and his 13-year-old son, John, struggles to deal with Robert's condition and his inability to remember John's mother, Kelsey, who became pregnant just before Robert's accident.

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He succeeds in describing the difficulty Robert has with simple tasks like making a sandwich and feeding himself, while simultaneously unveiling the complexity of thoughts and emotion involved when Robert communicates with others.

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