Keeper and Kid

A Novel

Edward Hardy

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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“A fine, fetching novel with a good heart . . . a tribute to the author’s endless comic inventiveness.” —Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing

 

Three years after his divorce, James Keeper is enjoying his new job selling antiques at a quirky shop. His new love, Leah, is intriguing and passionate. Business is steady and Keeper’s friends always turn up for Card Night. But one phone call from his former mother-in-law changes it all.

Days later, Keeper comes away with a son he never knew he had. Immediately, life takes on a new meaning. As he and Leo adjust to the shock of each other and their suddenly altered lives, Keeper begins to let in the people in his life—by turns strange and heartwarming; funny and painful. A coming of age story for the guy who thought he had already grown up, this novel is a sharp and witty account of what we do for love.

 

“One of the most enchantingly realistic tots in recent fiction. We don’t know whether to keep turning the pages or dive into them and offer to help babysit.” —The Boston Globe

 

Keeper and Kid is a marvel. I dare you. Open this book and try to put it down.” —Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

 

“At once immensely engaging and about the things that matter most: how we love, how we move on, how the past moves with us. Lovely, wise, and surprising.”

—Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief

 

“It isn’t merely ‘amusing,’ it is downright funny . . .[Hardy] creates characters so eccentric and endearing you’ll be sorry to see the last of them.” —Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)

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Chapter 1
If dogs, rats, and pigs can all sense a looming earthquake and make plans, how come all I can manage is a quick stare at the phone just before it rings? I was at work, wishing for another cup of coffee. It was 9:32 and they were playing Big Maybell on WRIU’s Hard Boiled Jazz show, at some other Cynthia’s request, so her name was already in the air. There was no one else in the shop. Just me, searching the Web to gauge how much the prewar Lionel trains and rolling stock in the box at my feet might be worth.
On the second ring I picked up and said, “Love and Death,”

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Edward Hardy

Edward Hardy is the author of the novel Geyser Life, grew up in Ithaca, has an MFA from Cornell, and has published stories with Ploughshares, GQ, Witness, the Quarterly, the Massachusetts Review, and other literary magazines. His work has been included in The Best American Short Stories, and he lives in Rhode Island.

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Keeper and Kid
A Novel
Edward Hardy

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312573768
ISBN10: 0312573766
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$18.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
January 2008
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ISBN: 9781429969345
ISBN10: 1429969342
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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