Despite my need to regulate how much time I spend listening to audiobooks (my mind balks at overstimulation), I could not tear myself away from Best Boy, by Eli Gottlieb. Bronson Pinchot lends his voice to the audio version, skillfully imitating the stilted speech of someone who struggles with semantics.
Todd Aaron, the first person narrator, describes himself as a “developmental” and alludes to a possible diagnosis of Autism. Incapable of understanding the complex workings of ‘normal’ life, Todd’s motivations are simple: food, honesty, love, and a desire to go home.
Todd’s lack of sophistication makes him a natural target for schemers, adding just enough suspense to keep the reader hooked. I would like to read more about Todd Aaron; his outlook on life is a good reminder for us all.
Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.