An "Oprah."com Best book of the Year
Nine-year-old Miles Adler-Hart's mother, "the Mims," is "pretty for a mathematician." Miles and his best friend Hector are in thrall to her. When her marriage starts to unravel, the boys begin spying on her to find out why. They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer. Ultimately, what they find will affect the family's prosperity--and sanity.
Burdened with such powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil, and proceed to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains. "Casebook" brilliantly reveals an American family coming apart at the seams and, simultaneously, reconstituting itself to sustain its members through their ultimate trial.
About the Author
Mona Simpson is the author of "Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, " and "My Hollywood." "Off Keck Road" won the Heartland Prize from the "Chicago Tribun"e and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers' Award, and, recently, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Simpson is on the faculty at UCLA and also teaches at Bard College.