The Universe Versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Hardcover, 320 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $26 | purchase

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The son of a fortune teller, who was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, befriends a grumpy old widower and proves his friendship by getting stopped at the border by customs with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes.

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Don't be fooled by the quirky, cheery cover — The Universe Versus Alex Woods will put you through the wringer. But oh, what a wringer! Teenage British science nerd Alex (his mother calls him Lex, and yes, he is bald) was hit by a meteorite as a kid; it punched through the bathroom ceiling and whacked him in the head, leaving him with severe epilepsy. A media sensation after his accident — and mostly housebound, due to the seizures — Alex is a misfit in every possible way. As the

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