Lost Between Houses
is the kind of book that makes you either pine for your youth or cringe at its memory. Novelist David Gilmour perfectly captures both the bliss and the bittersweetness of being a teenager. Sixteen-year-old rich kid Simon Albright--smart and articulate, with a youthful mix of swagger and self-consciousness--lives with his modern-thinking mother and his older brother while nursing a strained connection to his neglectful, emotionally troubled father. When Simon begins an intense liaison with a sophisticated, beautiful girl named Scarlet, he attempts to keep an air of cool about him as he walks through the minefield of teenage romance. "I don't usually eat around girls," he declares. "Too many opportunities to look unattractive." (When he catches her eating with her mouth open, though, he finds it "sort of relaxed me seeing Scarlet do stuff wrong.") Simon nurtures his new romance during a dreamy summer at his family's cottage. However, as he begins his final year in school amid new and unsettling circumstances, his relationships with both Scarlet and his father change, and Simon begins his descent into adulthood.
Novelist David Gilmour, former host of the award-winning television program Gilmour on the Arts, has a stunning understanding of how the teenage mind works, and in Simon he has created a character likeable enough to engage us but with enough of an edge to make him real. The comparison to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is obvious, but it's a deserved compliment nonetheless. --Moe Berg
"In its riveting evocation of teenage angst, Lost Between Houses
recalls J.D. Salinger's classic Catcher in the Rye
...Funny, surprisingly moving." -Maclean'
"Lost Between Houses
is strongly reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye
, and in fact I would go so far as to say it offers many improvements on it.-- Gilmour captures so many aspects of adolescence so well using the almost old-fashioned materials of interesting characters, carefully wrought scenes, sharp dialogue and genuine observations into human nature.... This book...is literature." -The Toronto Star
"Gilmour gives us an empathic, intelligent, and compelling narrator--The range of experiences and emotions Gilmour manages to convincingly and thrillingly express through Albright amazed me again and again--So many of the story threads and recurrent images come together so devastatingly well at the end of this book that my breath was taken away repeatedly." -National Post