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600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

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600 Hours of Edward

Craig’s debut novel was originally published in 2009 by Riverbend Publishing of Helena, Montana. It was a Montana Honor Book and the 2010 High Plains Book Award winner for Best First Book. In 2012, a new edition was released by Lake Union Publishing of Seattle, and the book has gone on to be an international bestseller, with a translation in German.

Synopsis: A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’s classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.

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Little did I know when I listened to this book – it is book 1 in a 3 book series

 

Edward Adrift

The long-awaited follow-up to 600 Hours of Edward was published by Lake Union Publishing in 2013. It has been translated into German and Norwegian editions.

Synopsis: 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.

Edward Unspooled

After a long wait, readers of Craig’s series of books about Edward Stanton were rewarded in 2016 with the release of Edward Unspooled, the third installment. Published through Craig’s Missouri Breaks Press, the book has met with wide acclaim. It was a finalist in the International Book Awards, a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Awards, and the overall winner for general fiction in the Best Book Awards.

Synopsis: Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds, especially for Sheila, and now they face a bigger challenge: pregnancy and impending parenthood.

Edward begins penning notes to the child (ever precise, he refers to the gestating being as “Cellular Stanton”) as he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, whose own life is teetering; and the emergence of a long-buried family secret and the effect of this revelation on his relationship with his overbearing mother.

Even as Edward’s world expands, he must confront questions about whom to let in, how much to give, the very definition of family, the fragility of hope, and the expanses of love.

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About Craig Lancaster

Craig was born in 1970 in Lakewood, Washington. Adopted at birth, he lived initially in Wyoming before moving to Texas at the age of three with his mother and his new stepfather. He attended public schools in North Richland Hills, Texas, graduating from Richland High School, where he’s now a member of the Hall of Fame.

After a circuitous and ultimately futile attempt at college, Craig embarked on a career as a newspaper journalist. He worked—mostly as an editor—in such places as Texas, Alaska (twice), Kentucky, Ohio, California (twice), Washington, and Montana. He wrote stories, edited copy, oversaw departments, spent a season covering the Oakland Raiders and, in general, had a whale of a time for nearly 25 years. In 2013, he left daily journalism to write full-time. Nowadays, in addition to his own literary work, he helps others reach their writing and publishing dreams through Lancarello Enterprises, serves as the design director and a frequent contributor to Montana Quarterly, and also works in the field of pipeline safety.

Craig lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Elisa Lorello, and a cat named Spatz.

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My Thoughts

So far I have only listened to 600 hours of Edward.  I had no idea it was book 1 in a 3 book series but I will now be listening to the next two books.  I have a child (adult now) on the spectrum.  Everything about Edward is familiar to me.  His need for facts and repetition are things I live with on a daily basis.  His entire view of the world is captivating for me because I live it.  What was most interesting is his living on his own.  I hope that someday we can give our son the independence we would love him to have but at the same time we need to be able to be a constant resource for him.  Routines are good and necessary.  I can’t wait to listen to the next two books in the series.

 

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