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For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in...
For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in...
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  • For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.

    Arthur Louis Pullman is on the verge of a breakdown. He's been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle. It's there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week—and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer's—remains a mystery. But now Arthur has his grandfather's journal—and a final sentence containing a train route and a destination.

    So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to re-live his grandfather's last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base. Arthur's not the only one chasing a legacy—and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth.

 

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  • Samuel Miller was born and raised in Vermillion, South Dakota, and now resides in Los Angeles, where, in addition to writing, he directs music videos and coaches Little League Baseball. He began writing his first novel while on tour in a fifteen-passenger van with the rock band Paradise Fears. A Lite Too Bright is his debut novel. Currently he attends graduate school at the University of Southern California. He credits his existence entirely to two spectacular parents, three brothers, one sister, and the best and sweetest puppy dog on the whole planet, Addison.

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  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    A boy with a muddled past embarks on a cross-country journey to uncover the mystery behind the last week of his famous grandfather's life.Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is the grandson of Arthur Louis Pullman, a Beat-generation writer renowned for producing a singular work of literary genius before withdrawing from the outside world and losing himself in a fog of dementia. Five years earlier, Pullman mysteriously disappeared from his son's cabin in California only to wind up dead a week later in Ohio, his whereabouts during the intervening period unknown. Reeling from his own present-day trauma, grandson Arthur discovers a clue to his grandfather's travels and sets off by train to follow it, hoping to learn more about his famous forebear's life and death. Jumping from clue to clue and train to train across the country, Arthur stumbles upon extraordinary discoveries, from long-lost family members to secret societies, and, ultimately, the truth not only about his grandfather, but himself as well. He is helped along the way by an enigmatic British-Indian girl named Mara who has motives of her own and strains against being pigeonholed as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The Pullman family is white.This fresh incarnation of the great American road trip novel is bursting with big ideas, enigmas, poetry, and flashes of humor. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-adult)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 2, 2018
    After his ex-girlfriend takes out a restraining order against him and he loses his college scholarship, 18-year-old Arthur Louis Pullman III’s world implodes. He goes to live with his aunt and uncle, where he uncovers the journal of his late grandfather and namesake. Arthur’s grandfather was a famed author who was plagued by Alzheimer’s. His mysterious death seems to link back to the years before he wrote an American classic and disappeared from public view (á la J.D. Salinger). Following the clues he perceives within his grandfather’s writings, and attempting to relive the first Arthur Louis Pullman’s final days, Arthur boards a train for a cross-country odyssey. Miller’s debut novel weaves together several other larger-than-life literary figures and events, including gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the beat generation, and the Kent State shootings, creating a love letter to social justice and American literature. The story integrates sections from Arthur’s grandfather’s piercing, at times bewildering, poems, which come to mirror young Arthur’s own tortuous search for balance, meaning, and personal redemption amid chaos. This complex and turbulent novel sees a troubled teenager slowly regain a sense of purpose by forging a connection with the past. Ages 13–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media.

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2018

    Gr 9 Up-Arthur Louis Pullman wrote one novel that became a classic. He never wrote again and shied away from the limelight. Living with Alzheimer's, Pullman mysteriously disappears before his passing. His grandson, Arthur Louis Pullman III has a troubled past and is feeling lost himself. While struggling with his own issues, he transfers his attention and desires to discover the last days of his grandfather's life. While visiting relatives, Arthur uncovers a note from his grandfather and believes it is a clue. Determined to solve the mystery, Arthur sets off on a cross-country road trip. On the journey, he becomes close to Mara, a runaway, and together they gain insight to his grandfather's past and helps him come to terms with his own issues. Charmingly written, this debut novel introduces rounded characters and an engaging mystery. The plot does well to keep intrigue high while the core theme surrounding the family dynamics is ingrained. Wonderfully mirroring the disjointed feelings and thoughts of young Arthur and those who have dementia, this literary piece has a satisfying conclusion. VERDICT A highly recommended purchase for fans of literary and realistic fiction centered around family.-Melissa Poole, Clemson University Library, Anderson, SC

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist (starred review) ★ "What a compelling journey this is—and what an accomplished debut too. Beautifully conceived and executed, it has an irresistible premise; an ingenious plot tinged with mystery; compelling, multidimensional characters; and a haunting ethos that will linger in readers' minds long after they have finished."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ★ "Jumping from clue to clue and train to train across the country, Arthur stumbles upon extraordinary discoveries, from long-lost family members to secret societies. This fresh incarnation of the great American road trip novel is bursting with big ideas, enigmas, poetry, and flashes of humor."
  • School Library Journal (starred review) ★ "Charmingly written, this debut novel introduces rounded characters and an engaging mystery. Wonderfully mirroring the disjointed feelings and thoughts of young Arthur and those who have dementia, this literary piece has a satisfying conclusion. A highly recommended purchase for fans of literary and realistic fiction centered around family."
  • Publishers Weekly "Miller's debut novel weaves together several other larger-than-life literary figures and events, including gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the beat generation, and the Kent State shootings, creating a love letter to social justice and American literature."
  • The Horn Book "Debut author Miller peppers his well-paced chapters with the poetry of ALP the First. This earnest homage to writers, rebels, and the evergreen ideals of youth will appeal to devotees of John Green and Gayle Forman."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "Arthur's coming-of-age journey communicates that today's young rebels' most important cause may be their own mental health."

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