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The Little Book: A Novel

Title: The Little Book: A Novel
Author: Selden Edwards
Year First Published: 2009
Page Count: 416
Synopsis: Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards's dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden-banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero-one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

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An excellent read! unique in concept and intriguing in execution. This is a book you will want to read twice, once before you know the ending, and again after.
It's been a little while since I read this, so I can't remember specific details to give comments on the ratings, I'm sorry. But it was clean enough that I was comfortable giving it a very strong recommendation for my book club. And I would recommend it to my mother, or my daughter!


Focus Personal Quest Readability Moderate
Main Character Male Setting Europe
Main Character Adult Time Period 1800's
Number of pages 400-500 Type Historical Fiction Elements

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