The funny thing about Norman Foreman

Julietta Henderson

Book - 2021

"Twelve-year-old Norman Foreman and his best friend, Jax, are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a plan to take their act all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe. But when Jax dies, Norman decides the only fitting tribute is to perform at the festival himself. The problem is, Norman's not the funny one. Jax was. There's also another, far more colossal objective on Norman's new plan that his single mom, Sadie, wasn't ready for: he wants to find the father he's neve...r known. Determined to put a smile back on her boy's face, Sadie resolves to face up to her own messy past, get Norman to the Fringe and help track down a man whose identity is a mystery, even to her."--

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Genres
Novels
Bildungsromans
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Mira [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
392 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780778331957
0778331954
Main Author
Julietta Henderson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Twelve-year-old Norman Foreman and his best friend, Jax, are a self-styled comedy duo with a plan to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, but Jax's unexpected death changes all that. Norman's mother, Sadie, understands his sense of loss; after all, Sadie's series of one-night stands following her father's death resulted in Norman himself, and she's never felt that she is doing enough to give Norman what he needs. With a lot of help from Sadie's elderly friend, Leonard, Sadie and Norman embark on a journey to get to the Edinburgh Fringe for Norman to perform on his own, looking for Norman's father along the way, and discovering a sense of self-worth none of them had but all needed. Henderson's debut novel charms in its descriptions of the trio, each of whom feels a sense of inadequacy but ultimately has so much more to offer than they'd dreamed. Alternating narration allows the reader to see what Sadie and Norman initially cannot. Humor, heart, and hopefulness make Norman Foreman a winner for fans of Julia Claiborne Johnson's Be Frank with Me (2016) and R. J. Palacio's Wonder (2012). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A 12-year-old aspiring comedian pushes the limits of his lesser talents to travel across the country and honor a dead best friend's dream of performing in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A 12-year-old aspiring comedian pushes the limits of his lesser talents to travel across the country and honor a dead best friend’s dream of performing in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Charming, warm and uplifting...there is so much to love about this book."'Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This is How It Always IsA triumphant and touching debut about the unlikeliest superstar you'll ever meet.Twelve-year-old Norman Foreman and his best friend, Jax, are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a plan to take their act all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe. But when Jax dies, Norman decides the only fitting tribute is to perform at the festival himself. The problem is, Norman's not the funny one. Jax was.There's also another, far more colossal objective on Norman's new plan that his single mom, Sadie, wasn't ready for: he wants to find the father he's never known. Determined to put a smile back on her boy's face, Sadie resolves to face up to her own messy past, get Norman to the Fringe and help track down a man whose identity is a mystery, even to her.Julietta Henderson's delightfully funny and tender debut takes us on a road trip with a mother and son who will live in the reader's heart for a long time to come, and teaches us that'no matter the odds'we must always reach for the stars.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"Charming, warm and uplifting...there is so much to love about this book."—Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This is How It Always IsA triumphant and touching debut about the unlikeliest superstar you’ll ever meet.Twelve-year-old Norman Foreman and his best friend, Jax, are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a plan to take their act all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe. But when Jax dies, Norman decides the only fitting tribute is to perform at the festival himself. The problem is, Norman’s not the funny one. Jax was.There’s also another, far more colossal objective on Norman’s new plan that his single mom, Sadie, wasn’t ready for: he wants to find the father he’s never known. Determined to put a smile back on her boy’s face, Sadie resolves to face up to her own messy past, get Norman to the Fringe and help track down a man whose identity is a mystery, even to her.Julietta Henderson’s delightfully funny and tender debut takes us on a road trip with a mother and son who will live in the reader’s heart for a long time to come, and teaches us that—no matter the odds—we must always reach for the stars.