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The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

The Porcupine of Truth

by Bill Konigsberg

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When you have grown up in NYC and are being told that you’ll be spending the summer in Montana in order to help with your dying father, who you’ve only seen a handful of times in your life, your attitude could be described as lousy. Meet Carson.
When you have grown up as one of only 500 people of color in the entire state of Montana feeling like an outsider is your normal. When the bright spot of your childhood is that you were always the apple of your father’s eye, that is until you told him you’re gay and then he throws you out of the house leaving you homeless, your attitude might be described as bitter. Meet Aisha.
Humor is a coping mechanism for their abandonment issues, which gives the story buoyancy and makes the reader feel hopeful and positive about Carson and Aisha’s struggles. ( )
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For Chuck Cahoy, my Lobster of Eternity
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The Billings Zoo has no animals.
Meditating means 'listening to God.'
"I've learned that the answer to every question about God is 'Yes.'"/... whatever a person believes about God is totally, completely, irrevocably true - but only if you add two words."/"For me."
... the basic prayer is one word: Thanks.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545648939, Hardcover)

The author of OPENLY STRAIGHT returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret regarding Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the "Porcupine of Truth" in all of their lives.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:35 -0400)

Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.… (more)

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