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Keeper and Kid: A Novel Paperback – August 4, 2009. by. Edward Hardy (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. Hardy has crafted a masterful tale of our essential humanity, and has done so with such deftness and skill that even "The Wilsons" (an unknown family portrayed in 1960s vacation kodachromes found in a chest bought at auction) assume a living and breathing presence in the ebb and flow of the characters' development.

Keeper and Kid is a marvel. I dare you. Open this book and try to put it down. But some, like Leah, aren't so eager for change. In this humorous and poignant novel, Edward Hardy explores the depths of modern love, parenthood, and compromise. -Ann Hood, author of The Knitting RoomEight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude. They got married, found a dog, and shopped for cilantro. Keeper and Kid is the story of how a normal guy receives an unexpected gift and in turn must learn to ask more of others and himself.

A look at Edward Hardy's literary resume so far would lead you to make certain assumptions about his writing. Reading Hardy's latest novel, however, seems to belie that impression. Keeper and Kid" is funny. It isn't merely "amusing," it is downright funny.

That aside, I truly enjoyed KEEPER & KID as a novel in its own right. The plot at first seems contemporary cliche. That aside, I truly enjoyed KEEPER & KID as a novel in its own right. James Keeper is an overgrown man-child, divorced and a bit feckless, unable to commit to his new lady friend Leah. The sudden arrival of his three-year-old son, Leo, previously unknown to him, forces a powerful reckoning in his life. Without giving too much away, Keeper has to radically upend Full disclosure: I know Ed Hardy; his brother is married to one of my closest friends.

Keeper and Kid. A Novel. St. Martin's Griffin. Keeper and Kid is a marvel. Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle. At once immensely engaging and about the things that matter most: how we love, how we move on, how the past moves with us. -Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room. Eight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude. But conflicting schedules and a real estate deal gone bad took its toll on the twenty-somethings in love.

Keeper and Kid : A Novel. LOVED this first novel by fellow Ithacan Ed Hardy! Keeper, a slacker in life, works at a junk yard (aka architectural salvage) in Providence, loves his girlfriend but won't commit; and receives an odd phone call from his ex-wife's mother informing him that his ex-wife is quite ill. Without giving away the story, the 3 year old in the book is simply adorable - the quirky dialogue is texceeding realistic, endearing, and this book just warmed by heart from beginning to end.

Keeper and Kid: A Novel. Keeper and Kid is a marvel Advance Praise for Keeper and Kid. "A fine, fetching novel with a good heart. Advance Praise for Keeper and Kid. Keeper is nimble and affecting, a tribute to the author's endless comic inventiveness. --Stewart O'Nan, author of The Good Wife. Edward Hardy.

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Keeper and Kid is a marvel. I dare you. Open this book and try to put it down.” ---Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room

Eight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude. They got married, found a dog, and shopped for cilantro. But conflicting schedules and a real estate deal gone bad took its toll on the twenty-somethings in love. One divorce later, the hand-me-down chairs were separated, the potato masher custody settled, and Keeper moved to Providence to work with his best friend selling antiques at a quirky shop called Love and Death.

A new job, a new love, and a new life now in place, Keeper is in a comfortable situation. Business is steady, Leah (the new love) is intriguing and passionate, and Keeper’s friends always turn up for Sunday evening Card Night.

But one phone call from his former mother-in-law changes everything. And so days later, Keeper comes away with a son he never knew he had, and life all of a sudden takes on a new meaning.

Leo, the precocious three-year-old who sports Keeper’s square chin, is more than a handful---he eats only round foods, refuses to bathe, thinks he’s a bear, and refers to Leah as “that man.” For a guy who never thought he’d be a parent, Keeper is thrown headfirst into fatherhood---and has no idea what to do. As Keeper and Leo adjust to the shock of each other and their suddenly very different lives, Keeper begins to let the people in his life in, in turns strange and heartwarming, funny and painful. But some, like Leah, aren’t so eager for change.

In this humorous and poignant novel, Edward Hardy explores the depths of modern love, parenthood, and compromise. Keeper and Kid is the story of how a normal guy receives an unexpected gift and in turn must learn to ask more of others and himself. A coming-of-age story for the guy who thought he had already grown up, Keeper and Kid is a sharp and witty account of what we do for love.

Advance Praise for Keeper and Kid

“A fine, fetching novel with a good heart. Keeper is nimble and affecting, a tribute to the author’s endless comic inventiveness.”---Stewart O’Nan, author of The Good Wife

“At once immensely engaging and about the things that matter most: how we love, how we move on, how the past moves with us. Lovely, wise, and surprising.”---Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief

“Ed Hardy’s voice in Keeper and Kid grabs you and won’t let you go until the very last page. Full of local color, bittersweet characters, and a story we can all relate to---the day your past arrives on the doorstep of your present life.”---Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room


Comments: (7)

Cesar
Real believable characters in an unusual, but plausible premise. A divorced man finds he has a four-year old son with his former wife that she never told him about, thus upsetting the new life he is creating and the new love that is developing. He must now step up to the plate, though he is not a "take charge" kind of guy. I found the writing so real and believable, I just wanted to
ask the author how he could create such emotion and reactions without having experienced it --- or perhaps he did?
I recommend this for readers who like great characters in a real life setting. Kind of like Anne Tyler. Try it and see.
YSOP
I had so much fun reading this book, it was well written and delightful. Full of quirky twists and turns and heart-felt truths of life. A story of love and responsibility and of finding ones own way in a world that can be upside down. Delightful. Caught myself talking out loud.."No, no don't do that!" "aggggrrrrr! Wrong move! and laughing out loud.... in public places! Really got caught up in the story and the characters, who actually grow and develop in the story.. a lost art in the writers world methinks! Good by the fire winter read, or summer beach read. Bus ride read may cause temporary embarrassment though.
ACOS
Keeper and Kid succeeds on so many levels that it's hard to know where to begin. On the surface, the story appears to be about a John Cusack/High Fidelity-like character handling an abrupt transition into fatherhood. Keeper's story moves humorously and casually, though by no means predictably, to its inevitable conclusion. But to read Keeper and Kid on this level alone would be to miss its essential, deeply life-affirming resonance that we are all, always, both keepers and kids, and that all we have in life are moments. I could be way off-base, but the photo on the cover seems to me to portray Janus, the god of gates and doorways, beginnings and endings; with heads looking both into the future and the past.

Hardy has crafted a masterful tale of our essential humanity, and has done so with such deftness and skill that even "The Wilsons" (an unknown family portrayed in 1960s vacation kodachromes found in a chest bought at auction) assume a living and breathing presence in the ebb and flow of the characters' development.

Never has such a delightful treat been so nutritious.
Worla
james keeper, 36, is gliding through life, working with his best friend at their antiques and salvage store. then two bombs hit: james' ex-wife cynthia dies, and--suprise!--james inherits a three-year-old boy named leo, a child james fathered but did not know existed. hardy shows the sheer exhaustion and relentlessness of being a dad. his girlfrind, leah, at one point simply can't deal and leaves. (does she return? read the book.) keeper and kid is surprising on a number of levels-its sinuous, snappy prose is more layered than one would at first expect, and its emotional power creeps up on you. By the end of the story one is powerfully affected by this off-beat, deeply moving love story.
Silver Globol
This story was a quick read yet it was interesting. We picked this as a good summer ending book that wouldn't make us think too much or feel depressed. Keeper eventually learns to ask for what he needs and he as a great safety net of friends. I liked it a lot and it kept me reading. I gave it a four for foul language.
Fast Lovebird
This book was very frustrating for me to read. It was not well written. Halfway through the book, the author forgets about the "kid" and goes into this girlfriend crap that was just annoying to read anyway. I didn't like how he changed the focus of the book.

I also didn't like how he had to tell you what exact song was playing on the radio everywhere. It got tiresome, especially when it doesn't help add to the book, it just slows you down.

He also kept trying to say what street he was driving down, like it mattered. Seriously, when you don't live in that town, it's just rambling to say, "he turned down sycamore, then took a left at hickory street..." Uggh!

I didn't like the book overall and was very disappointed. I didn't like the main character because I couldn't relate to him personally. I liked the little kid, but the author didn't use him enough. There were lots of plot holes, like what were the details about the insurance money? He mentioned that in the beginning and then never again. Frustrating overall.
Not-the-Same
A single father with a son he doesn't really know. It's a story of an educated man who is woefully lacking socially.
Keeper and Kid: A Novel download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Edward Hardy
ISBN: 0312375247
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (January 8, 2008)
Pages: 304 pages