Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May

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One thing I can say on that latter subject, however, is that this book has feel-good/feel-bad film written all over it. Probably starring Hugh Grant. I'm sure it would charm huge audiences.
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Billy's mother is dead. He knows-because he reads about it in magazines-that people die every day in ways that are more random and tragic and stupid than hers, but for nineteen-year-old Billy and his little brother, Oscar, their mother's death in a bungled street robbery is the most random and tragic and stupid thing that could possibly have happened to them. Now Billy must be both mother and father to Oscar, and despite what his well-meaning aunt, the PTA mothers, social services, and Oscar's own prodigal father all think, he feels certain that he is the one for the job.

The boys' new world-where bedtimes are arbitrary, tidiness is optional, and healthy home-cooked meals pile up uneaten in the freezer-is built out of chaos and fierce love, but it's also a world that teeters perilously on its axis. As Billy's obsession with his mother's missing killer grows, he risks losing sight of the one thing that really matters: the only family he has left.
 

About Stephen May

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Stephen May's first novel, Tag, was published by a small Welsh press and won the Reader's Choice Award at the Welsh Book of the Year Awards in 2009, despite Stephen's not being Welsh. Stephen lives in Yorkshire, where he works for the Arts Council.
 
Published December 11, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 257 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Sep 04 2012

One thing I can say on that latter subject, however, is that this book has feel-good/feel-bad film written all over it. Probably starring Hugh Grant. I'm sure it would charm huge audiences.

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Reviewed by Shena Mackay on May 18 2012

The sunshine, when it comes, brings a welcome ray of hope to May's often bleak exploration of what motivates people to commit atrocities, and illuminates this graphic picture of contemporary family life.

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