Oakland - The Diesel Readers discuss "About a Boy"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Diesel Readers back to the store to discuss About a Boy by Nick Hornby on Monday, February 24th at 7pm.
Meet 36-year-old Will Freeman, a superficial fellow who hasn't had to work a day in his life, thanks to royalties garnered from a popular Christmas ditty his father wrote. He's perfectly happy living alone in his fashionable, Lego-free flat, with its expensive stereo equipment, hardwood floors, and cream-colored rug that nobody has ever thrown up on. But Will's life takes an unexpected turn when, in a pathetic attempt to expand his potential dating pool into the realm of single mothers, he poses as a single dad.
Though Will's subterfuge fails to land him a woman, it does thrust him into an ersatz father/son relationship with Marcus, a 12-year-old loner whose life is in a tailspin after his mother's suicide attempt. Constantly picked on by bullies at school, Marcus's only consolation comes from the music of Nirvana, until he meets Will. Determined to forge a friendship with the very hip Will, the boy refuses to leave him alone. Imagine Will's surprise when he finds himself bonding with Marcus, who is more of a handful than anyone could bargain for.
This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!