Peter Bognanni's The House of Tomorrow is a fresh and creative novel that I truly enjoyed reading. The story is told in the first person from the perspective of Sebastian Prendergast, a sixteen-year-old boy who is home-schooled by his determined - if not a little bizarre - grandmother in a geodesic dome. His entire world is created and controlled by Nana, a disciple of futurist R. Buckminster Fuller, so when Sebastian meets Jared, an angry, punk-rocking, chain-smoking heart transplant survivor, he discovers that there is a lot to learn about the outside world and himself. Set in rural Iowa, where the hottest local hangout is church, the boys envision that winning the youth group talent contest will be their first step towards becoming glorious punk rockers.
Bognanni uses first person narration, which adds tremendously to the story because it puts readers in Sebastian's shoes and ...
Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee, and his short story "The Body Eternal" was chosen by Stephen King as one of the "100 Most Distinguished Stories of 2006." He once played in a terrible high school punk band.
"I have a theory that music never sounds as good as when you first discover it. ... I still love music today, probably in a healthier way, but when I set out to write my first novel I tried to tap back into that feeling of complete obsession."
Read a list of songs Bognanni "revisited, discovered or wanted to be" as he was writing The House of Tomorrow, on the NY Times blog, Paper Cuts
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