What I Did: A Novel

By Christopher Wakling
Publisher:William Morrow Paperbacks, (7/17/2012)

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“This is family life today at its most believable: warm and messy, bored and raging….I LOVED IT.”
—Emma Donoghue, author of the New York Times bestseller Room
What I Did by Christopher Wakling is a truly astonishing novel—the chronicle of a family crisis that is equal parts hilarity, poignancy, and horror, told in the singular voice of a most precocious youngster.  Room meets The Slap meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Wakling’s tour de force concerns one rash act that pitches a six-year-old boy and his hapless parents into the center of a social services maelstrom. What I Did is contemporary fiction at its most enthrallingly original—poignant, powerful, and extremely funny—a miraculous work that prompted London’s Daily Mail to declare it “the novel that should have won the Booker prize.”
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karen - PST book club's thoughts on "What I Did: A Novel"
updated on:8/12/2014

Our book club had really good discussion from the themes and issues raised by this book. While the "tension" in the book gave it a somewhat negative tone, we felt that the ending was very redemptive. Although the episode spiraled out of control, there was some discussion about whether that may have prevented a more serious explosion by the father at another time. Although some sections felt a bit contrived, the child's perspective was handled better than in attempts by other authors. We would recommend the book for a group looking for interesting discussion.

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"What I Did: A Novel"
By Christopher Wakling

Average Rating:
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4.00 out of 5 (1 Clubie's ratings)

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