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When I Was Five I Killed Myself

Howard Buten

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0887-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Burton Rembrandt has the sort of perspective on life that is almost impossible for adults to understand: that of an eight-year-old. And to Burt, his parents and teachers seem to be speaking a language he cannot understand. This is Burt’s story as written in pencil on the walls of the Quiet Room in the Children’s Trust Residence Center, where he lands after expressing his ardent feelings for a classmate. It begins: When I was Five I Killed Myself. Rarely has a child’s particular frame of mind been so indelibly set down on the page as in this extraordinary novel. In When I Was Five I Killed Myself, Howard Buten renders with astounding insight and wry language the tale of a young boy testing the boundaries of love and life.

Praise for When I Was Five I Killed Myself:

"Buten uses his wit like a whip to get at the heart of this boy's own story, and in the end the novel succeeds, bringing some shock and some power to that delicate line between youth and the rest of the world" —Austin Chronicle

"This book poignantly captures the profound gap that exists between children and adults, the constant struggle for even the brightest, most willing children to make sense of the swirl of words, actions, and rules that constrain their lives." —Detroit Free Press

Howard Buten, the author of seven novels published in France, is a performing artist known as Buffo the clown, who has played opera houses around the world. In 1991, he was named a Chevalier Des Artes et Lettres, France's highest literary honor. He divides his time between New York and Paris.

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