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The Ha-Ha

By Dave King

The Ha-Ha
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2005,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Mar 2006,
    368 pages.

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'One of those fictional everymen who teach you about yourself just by showing up'. Ist Novel

Comment: When Howard left his high school girlfriend, Sylvia, to go to Vietnam he hoped to come home soon; what he should have wished for was to come home slowly, but safely.  Instead he came home with a severe head injury, sustained only 16 days into his tour; the injury leaves him physically and mentally scarred - words unravel in his mouth and letters on the page make no sense to him.  What nobody understands is that inside he is still the same man he was before enlisting - still awed by the beauties of the world, and still in love with Sylvia.  Thirty years later he lives in the house he grew up in, with his housemates - Laurel, a Vietnamese-American caterer and two housepainters who still think they're high school jocks.

When Sylvia enters a drug rehab clinic she entrusts her nine-year-old son, Ryan, to Howard, and slowly the disparate household starts ...

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