The Boy Walker

The Boy Walker Cover“A funny, affecting novel about fragmented lives that slip the leash.” — Kirkus Reviews

Brute Greenbaum faces challenges beyond those of ordinary 12-year-olds.

Faded hearing. Dimming eyesight. Bad hips. A penchant for farting. Yes, they’re normal for an English Bulldog equivalent to a human centenarian and pursued by the Malach HaMavet—the Angel of Death. But they’re only the beginning.

A cantankerous lover of literature, rabinnic wisdom, humor and skateboarding, Brute must hold together the remnants of his shattered San Francisco family. Abbie Greenbaum, a 24-year-old dog walker, remains estranged from his college-professor father Morty a decade after the deaths of his sister and mother. Yet he and Morty live in the same house, hovered over by Morty’s next-door neighbor and best friend Rich Hoernerman.

Abbie and Morty’s wounded lives take another twist when they meet Sarah—a 10-year-old with Down syndrome—and her mother Rivka, a Jewish-Chinese teacher of stand-up comedy struggling with her ex, a classically trained cellist into bondage.

The three Greenbaums confront mortality, jealousy, criminal misadventure and disturbing family secrets. Their trials of the human spirit represent nothing—and everything—to laugh about.

Read the first three chapters.