The Amazing Absorbing Boy

Rabindranath Maharaj's novel tells the story of a naive young immigrant trying to adapt to his new life in Toronto.

Rabindranath Maharaj

When Samuel is 17, he loses his mother and moves in with his estranged father who happens to live in Toronto, not Trinidad, where Samuel grew up. With the aid of the superheroes he adores from his comic books, he learns to adapt to his new life in this sparkling novel that's as funny as it is moving.

The Amazing Absorbing Boy won the 2010 Trillium Book Award and the 2011 Toronto Book Award.

From the book

When my mother died four months after my sixteenth birthday, I felt I had already received glimpses of all that would follow. Like if I was once again sitting on a dusty, silvery asteroid and could see through lanes of swirling space dust and dark, puffed-up clouds, right through the samaan tree in our front yard where the shadows of our Mayaro neighbours cast a crooked picket fence on the coffin. I could even make out Uncle Boysie still looking funny in his black suit, staring again at the road as if in this replay my father would suddenly appear in a big puff of sulphurous smoke. But my father was not Nightcrawler the teleporter, and I was not Doctor Manhattan who could see into the future.

From The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj ©2010. Published by Knopf Canada.

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