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Otto Fisher has ADHD. He’s also adopted. At thirteen, he never thought much about where he came from until his seventh-grade teacher at the prestigious St. Michael’s school in New Orleans asks her class to write about an ancestor. Each student must perform his/her piece in a school play. Otto’s adoptive mother, whom he adores, helps him write about one of her ancestors, who was in the Holocaust.

Otto’s story is the most moving of all—but not for his father, a college English professor who is also a racist and an anti-Semite.

The play triggers a series of conflicts in the Fisher household, culminating in Otto’s father beating his mother. Otto’s older sister, Ada, stops the fight. Then their father moves out. Which leaves Otto torn between the mother and sister he adores and the father he desperately needs. When he goes to visit his father, a series of events forces everyone in the Fisher family to question the meaning of family.



This book is one of Patty Friedmann's two YA novels she wrote after Hurricane Katrina. Otherwise, she is the author of literary fiction for adults, written is a darkly humorous voice. Novels include award-winning Secondhand Smoke, Eleanor Rushing, Odds, and Side Effects, and her short story collection is titled Where Do They All Come From? Her wildly popular debut book was a humor work titled Too Smart to Be Rich. She has written reviews or essays for Oxford American, Newsweek, and Publishers Weekly.



“Patty Friedmann downright tickles with her delivery, approaching serious subjects in fun, yet leaving us dazed and philosophical in the end. Like her city, New Orleans, she's ironic without the acrimony. No one does it better.” -- George and Wendy Rodrigue, Blue Dog series

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