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Edward Adrift [Kindle Edition]

Craig Lancaster
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Book Description

It’s been a year of upheaval for Edward Stanton, a forty-two-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s lost his job. His trusted therapist has retired. His best friends have moved away. And even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has been disrupted. All of this change has left Edward, who lives his life on a rigid schedule, completely flummoxed.

But when his friend Donna calls with news that her son Kyle is in trouble, Edward leaves his comfort zone in Billings, Montana, and drives to visit them in Boise, where he discovers Kyle has morphed from a sweet kid into a sullen adolescent. Inspired by dreams of the past, Edward goes against his routine and decides to drive to a small town in Colorado where he once spent a summer with his father—bringing Kyle along as his road trip companion. The two argue about football and music along the way, and amid their misadventures, they meet an eccentric motel owner who just might be the love of Edward’s sheltered life—if only he can let her.

Endearing and laugh-out-loud funny, Edward Adrift is author Craig Lancaster’s sequel to 600 Hours of Edward.

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"...Edward Stanton is one of the more distinct and interesting characters you'll encounter in contemporary fiction, and it's never dull accompanying him. Edward Adrift, like 600 Hours before it, is such a well-written, big-hearted book that its pages fly by and will leave its readers no doubt hoping for a trilogy." —Billings Gazette

"Mr. Lancaster has triumphed again. With remarkable speed, he has made himself into one of Montana's most important writers." —The Billings Outpost

"Edward Stanton is back! And he returns in a darkly funny novel that's frequently lyrical and exhibits an uncanny grace. Once again, Craig Lancaster blesses us with a glimpse of universal emotions, and how the turnings of a human heart can be simple and complex at the same time." —Ron Franscell, bestselling author of The Sourtoe Cocktail Club

"It's hard to know who I adore more: Craig Lancaster's character Edward Stanton or Lancaster himself for creating him." —Jessica Park, bestselling author of Flat-Out Love

"Edward Adrift is that rarest of things: a sequel that is actually better than its predecessor. In the case of Craig Lancaster's new book, that's saying a lot because I loved 600 Hours of Edward with all the passionate joy of a botanist discovering a new butterfly. That first novel possessed a distinct voice told by a unique character who immediately endeared himself to the reader. Now, in Edward Adrift, Lancaster deepens our understanding of 42-year-old Edward Stanton, who is plowing through the world in spite of (or perhaps because of) his Asperger's. Edward Adrift is richer, funnier, and even more moving than our first encounter with the man obsessed with time and temperature." —David Abrams, author of Fobbit

About the Author

Craig Lancaster is a journalist who has worked at newspapers all over the country, including the San Jose Mercury News, where he served as lead editor for the paper’s coverage of the BALCO steroids scandal. He wrote 600 Hours of Edward—winner of a Montana Book Award honorable mention and a High Plains Book Award—in less than 600 hours during National Novel Writing Month in 2008. His other books include the novel The Summer Son and the short story collection Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. Lancaster lives in Billings, Montana.

Product Details

  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099056
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L7QCNM
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Love it" August 24, 2013
By Jessica
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So I used the quotes in my title to indicate that I was singing it. I am a little irritated at (again) all the asperger references in the reviews. Before you crucify me, just hear me out. I have friends with aspergers. I have friends with kids with aspergers. I have a husband with severe TBI. I understand the 'my brain works differently and the mainstream doesn't understand', okay? I'm not harping on that. But I think to say that this book is about aspergers syndrome, or even about a guy with aspergers syndrome is to sell it short. Really short. This book is about a guy. A fantastic guy with quirks and foibles who does the best he can to cope with his life, and who sometimes succeeds. It's a richly drawn portrait of a really, really interesting guy who you'd like to know more about, who also happens to have aspergers, which affects his personality to an extent. When I walk up to people, I don't say "Hi! I'm a cancer survivor, and I had a hysterectomy when I was 25, and I have a tendency to enable my husband." Those things are all true, but I find that beating people over the head with them tends to make them back away from me veeery slowly and to never return my calls. Asperger's and OCD and ADD are all in this story. So are a lot of other things, and it's the fact that they're all well-researched and well-written and beautifully blended together that makes it such a great story.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Review from an Aspie May 14, 2013
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As an Aspie myself, I was disappointed in this one. I read a lot of Asperger's books - nonfiction mostly, memoirs, and novels, when I can find them. I enjoy looking for ways to learn about myself and my "people".

I didn't learn anything here. I didn't really recognize Edward's form of Asperger's. There is a saying that once you've met someone with Asperger's, you've met one person with Asperger's. In other words, we present differently from one to the next.

Since I didn't find I could relate to Edward, I looked to the rest of the story to hold my attention. It didn't. I liked the creative framing of the logbook, but found the actual plot a bit tedious. It wasn't really a roadtrip story. It wasn't a romance; it wasn't a coming of age story; it wasn't a tale of triumph over adversity. It was a plodding collection of details and small incidents.

The OCD parts rang true, but Edward seems to be getting it under control. His obsessive interests and confusion over social cues was on target for ASD.

But then he kept repeating himself, and journaling that he wasn't stupid. It sounds like he had to convince the reader. Of course he's not stupid; ASD doesn't make one intellectually challenged. It bothered me to keep seeing this. I felt like the writer didn't really understand how Aspies think, but was extrapolating from popular perception.

In any case, I cannot speak for all Aspies, but something was off for me. And the rest of the story wasn't exciting enough to pick up the slack.

Not recommended for people wanting to better understand their autistic friends. I think the best audience is readers who enjoy a gentle piece of pleasant literature.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring April 4, 2013
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Asperger's Syndrome is a term on the tip of everyone's tongue, it seems. But, do you really know what it is like to have Aspergers? Edward Stanton can tell us.

We are privy at a look inside the life of a middle-aged man who is coping with Asperger's Syndrome and the resulting symptoms of OCD. Aspergers has prevented him from pursuing his hopes and dreams. He is too truthful, he does not have the social skill set to really interact with others. In this terrific book, we get an upclose and personal look at his behavior, how he copes with his life, what his medical care is like and how he survives from day to day. Edward is a likable fellow, obsessive and he documents everything he does in his daily life. Edward wants to be important to someone, wants to have people on his life.

He needs to go on a trip to help his ex-neighbor who is having difficulty with her teenage son. The son always liked and admired Edward, and Edward felt the same. We go with him on this road trip, he takes diuretics, so he has to stop often. However, this trip is quite an adventure. I grew to like Edward a great deal, and was with him during his ups and downs. This is such an insightful look into the life of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. We all have our quirks, and we see in detail at times, how someone copes. Edward's medications often determine what his day's schedule will be like. He learns through experience exactly how to deal with his diuretics. Many people can relate to this!

Recommended. prisrob 04-04-13
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Edward. And He Finally Found Peace March 30, 2013
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I picked this up and realized that to really know Edward's story, I had to read 600 Hours of Edward. It was well worth it and introduced me to Edward, at the time he was in his late 30s, who has been blessed and cursed, with Asperger's and OCD. I say cursed only because it is his disability (as he calls it) that has held him back from finding a place in life that will truly reward his skills and quirks. He has alienated others because of his truthful comments. He has lost jobs because he tries to tell others how to do things better (and not very diplomatically), he has lost in love because relationships do not come naturally for him.

When we join Edward in this story, many things have changed in his very structured and regimented life. Many of the things that were routine and comforting are no longer available. So Edward ventures out on a journey to visit his good friends that have moved away. He documents everything, how much gas he bought, how many miles he's driven and he tells us about all the pee stops he has to make since starting on a diuretic. Edward tells it like it is. He is refreshing and often naive but he seems to be learning more and more about himself and what others expect of him.

This is a wonderful journey to be on with Edward. He is loveable, obsessive, repetitive, and I wish the best for him and feel badly when things don't go well.

I won't give more detail as to what happens on his trip but it worth reading all the way to the very last page. I actually woke up at 3:30 am last night and sat up reading til I reached the end. (I'm tired now but I couldn't put it down!)

Edward gives us all a reason to be introspective, honest, and kinder to others. I am happy for him throughout this story and feel that his journey is a tough but necessary one to reach the next stage in his life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful n informative
Edward is somewhat lime my oldest Grandson who was diagnosed w Asberger Syndrome when he was in his early 20's. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sharyn E. Kepner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
Very compelling reading. I read 600 hours of Edward and immediately bought Edward Adrift. Great story.
Published 10 days ago by Pegster6
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud and life affirming
One of the best books I've read this year. (And I've read a lot so far). Edward is so real, we should all have friends like him. I hate profanity but I don't even mi d it here. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Becky A. Clawson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up to Edward's initial story.
Like the original ,this sequel to 600 Hours of Edward is what I consider light entertainment. The narrative begins some years after the end of the first book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Listening Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine work by Lancaster
As the reader, you're pulled in many different directions with Edward. Part of you wants to hug him and try to be his therapist, while the other part wants to grab the log book and... Read more
Published 21 days ago by TrudellC
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
I loved both books.
And I love to have discovered this new author as well.

I do want to learn more about Edward's feature!
Published 21 days ago by Maria QH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent sequel and shows how Edward evolves.
Published 22 days ago by jeana
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with Edward
This is the second in the series. I fell in love with Edward, a 40 year old sweetheart with Asperger's syndrome. It's both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Also quite funny. Read more
Published 25 days ago by MDNY
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable book
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Refreshingly different
Published 28 days ago by stuart harrison
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More About the Author

Craig Lancaster, a Montana-based novelist, writes stories set in the contemporary American West.

"I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields when I was a kid," he says. "It was such a vast, beautiful, overwhelming place. From the first time I saw Montana, I wanted to be a part of it."

A couple of years after Lancaster's arrival in the Big Sky State in his mid-30s, he began chasing a long-held dream of writing novels. His debut, "600 Hours of Edward," was first released in 2009 and went on to be selected as a Montana Honor Book and a High Plains Book Award winner. In 2012, it was acquired by Lake Union Publishing and re-released, gaining a whole new cadre of fans.

His follow-up, "The Summer Son," was released in January 2011 by Lake Union Publishing, to similar acclaim. Booklist called the new novel "a classic western tale of rough lives and gruff, dangerous men, of innocence betrayed and long, stumbling journeys to love." It was a Utah Book Award finalist.

Next came "Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure," a collection of short fiction, including pieces Lancaster originally published in Montana Quarterly magazine. That book, released by Missouri Breaks Press, came out in December 2011 and was a 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medalist and High Plains Book Award finalist.

In April 2013, Edward Stanton, the main character in Lancaster's debut novel, returned in "Edward Adrift," also published by Lake Union Publishing. This book, too, was widely hailed, with veteran Montana journalist David Crisp noting that "with remarkable speed, Mr. Lancaster has made himself into one of Montana's most important writers."

"The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter," about the dysfunctional relationship between a washed-up boxer and the sportswriter who has covered him for 20 years, will be published in Fall 2014, also by Lake Union Publishing.

Lancaster's work, hailed for its character-driven narratives, delves deeply below the surface, getting at the grit and the glory of lives ordinary and extraordinary.

"It's all too easy to turn people into caricatures, but the truth is, we humans are pretty damned fascinating," Lancaster says. "For me, fiction is a way at getting at truth. I use it to examine the world around me, the things that disturb me, the questions I have about life--whether my own or someone else's. My hope is that someone reading my work will have their own emotional experience and bring their own thoughts to what they read on the page."

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