LENNY’S BOOK OF EV­ERY­THING

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Summer Reading - by Karen Foxlee, Allen & Un­win

“Some­thing’s not right,” three­year-old Lenore’s mother said, when she brought baby brother Davey home from hos­pi­tal in 1969. Dad is a shad­owy fig­ure who works far away from

Ohio, so Cyn­thia Spink is a sin­gle mother. When Davey doesn’t stop grow­ing – he has gi­gan­tism and by seven is as tall as a man – the “lit­tle fam­ily against the world” find sun­shine in an al­pha­bet­i­cal en­cy­clopae­dia, which brings the world to their doorstep. Achingly beau­ti­ful.

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