A Robot in the Garden (Paperback)

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Ben’s life is a mess. His marriage is falling apart. He hasn’t had a job in years. He wallows in depression. And to top it all off, a strange robot named Acrid Tang wandered into his garden and won’t go away. Install’s lovely debut novel is an exploration of the unlikely friendship between a broken man and a ramshackle automaton. As the duo cross the world in order to find the robot’s maker, Tang shows Ben that sometimes you need to open your heart to others before you can learn to truly love yourself.

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For fans of THE ROSIE PROJECT and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, a broken man and his damaged robot build an unlikely friendship--with some assembly required.

Ben's really great at failing at things--his job, being a husband, taking the garbage out. But then he finds a battered robot named Tang in his garden. And Tang needs Ben.

More ornery and prone to tantrums than one would expect from something made of gears and springs, Tang desperately must be fixed--and he just might be the thing to fix what's broken in Ben. Together they will discover that friendship can rise up under the strangest of circumstances, and what it really means to be human.

Funny, touching, charming, wise, and a bit unusual, A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel, perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connection with the world.

"Our hero is a FANTASTIC and UNFORGETTABLE creation, and so is this absolute marvel of a novel."--Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch and Boo

"An inventive and utterly charming tale...heartwarming."--Booklist, Starred Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492631262
ISBN-10: 1492631264
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English