A Key to Treehouse Living
For fans of Mark Haddon, Tony Earley, and Jonathan Safran Foer, an epic tale of boyhood from an unforgettable new voice.
“Disorienting, weirdly wise, indescribably transparent, impossibly recognizable. Fun, too.” ―Joy Williams
A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest. In a glossary-style list, he imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETTA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION. His improbable quest―to create a reference volume specific to his existence―takes him on a journey down the river by raft (see MYSTICAL VISION, see NAVIGATING BIG RIVERS BY NIGHT). He seeks to discover how his mother died (see ABSENCE) and find reasons for his father’s disappearance (see UNCERTAINTY, see VANITY). But as he goes about defining his changing world, all kinds of extraordinary and wonderful things happen to him.
Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code.
“Crisp and lyrical, emotionally assured, delightfully inventive—Reed has made a marvelous debut.”
“Dark yet uplifting . . . This novel’s true joy may be the wonder it radiates about a world as beautiful as it is cruel. See ‘OVERCOME BY EMOTION.'”
“Inventive, illuminating . . . Reed offers an impressionistic and profound exploration of self and consciousness.”
“Huckleberry Finn advanced out of antebellum doldrums into the poetic modern perverse, with the same charm. Subtle, daring, brilliant.”
“A Key To Treehouse Living’s precocious autodidact manages his abandonment at the world’s hands by remembering that courage might be the ability to not think too long about the worst that can happen. A moving and funny and impressive debut.”
“Powered in part by longing and a need to make odd associations add up, this very appealing novel employs jelly beans and gypsies, tree forts and rafts, and a character known as El Hondero to trace the odd conjuring that this narrator brings us in on. A memorable debut.”
“A Key to Treehouse Living—it’s terrific, funny, poignant and just weird enough, transcends that great form. I ate it up.”
“William Tyce is a narrator as compelling as Mark Haddon’s Christopher John Francis Boone and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Oskar Schell.”