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Lost Between Houses [Paperback]

David Gilmour
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Book Description

March 28 2000
Lost Between Houses is about a turbulent year in the life of Simon Albright, a fifteen-year-old private school boy struggling to be his sophisticated mother's best friend, the rebel his girlfriend adores and the son his father respects. Which is a hard act to pull off when your mother is distracted, your girlfriend too beautiful and your father in and out of a mental institution. Lost Between Houses unfolds with mingled sarcasm, grief and awe, and grips the reader until its startling climax.

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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's

"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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to find this one... March 27 2003
By Paula
This coming-of-age novel, similar to The Catcher In The Rye, was a pleasure to read. The characters were portrayed in a realistic and likeable manner, due to Mr. Gilmour's ability to translate complex emotions into engaging dialogue and self-reflection. I enjoyed the book's distinctly Canadian feel and the sense of nostalgia it evokes - for lazy summer days and first loves. I felt a renewed passion for literature after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WoW! May 28 2003
This book is awesome. I love the fact that he can actually write about a teenager, and make the book seem so real. The relationships that Simon has to deal with, and the things that go on within his life seem so realistic. David Gilmour is an awesome author, because it's like he's a teenager himself. Teenagers have a lot of [stuff] to deal with during those years, and in this book Simon has to confront all of them. Good JOB Mr. Gilmour!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jan. 11 2001
By A Customer
This book is absolutly amazing. It's similar to the catcher in the rye but the main character is, in my opinion, more complex in that you both hate and love him. This book really touched my heart and brought me to tears, i highly recommend it to anyone interested in psychology, especially in regard to young people. Gilmour made me believe entirely that he was a sixteen year old, mixed up kid. Delicious.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smells like Teen Spirit (sort of) March 19 2001
I agree with the previous review - Catcher in The Rye does come to mind. But Lost Between Houses falls short matching the Salinger classic. In fact, the novel read like a comic book at times. True to the cover notes though, the ending is very surprising and represents the best writing in the book. A good, light cottage read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Salinger...but a good read indeed. May 4 2004
By A Customer
I loved this book. It cleverly portrays the life of an upper class kid from southern Ontario. I never had the privilege of going to a private school, but I have been around plenty of them. I go to school with them now...at the ol' U of T. I could understand how our hero feels about things. Not only because I went through the same things he did, if not close to it. All teenagers do. Heartbreak comes around it seems like once a week. Those were the days. I just don't think it is fair to compare anything to a classic. Does one dare compare a painting of any ol' lady to Mona Lisa? No, it is not fair. Nonetheless a valiant effort, this one.
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