Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his literary hero Sherlock Holmes, 15 year-old Christopher Boone decides to write a book based on the mysterious death of Wellington, his neighbor's poodle. Christopher writes from an unusual point of view-he appears to have Asperger's syndrome, which is in the autistic spectrum of neurological disorders. As he uncovers clues to the mystery, he also discovers something about his family, which compels him to take a courageous journey toward independence. The result is a profoundly moving story with an uncommon hero.
"Though Christopher insists, 'this will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them,' the novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice."
"Funny, sad, and totally convincing."
"This original and affecting novel is a triumph of empathy; whether describing Christopher's favorite dream...or his vision of the universe collapsing in a thunder of stars, the author makes his hero's severely limited world a thrilling place to be."
-The New Yorker
"For Haddon to have created such a superbly realized autistic world-view is, in itself, remarkable. Brilliantly inventive, full of dazzling set-pieces, unbearably sad, yet also skillfully dodging any encounters with sentimentality, this isn't simply the most original novel I've read in years...it's also one of the best"
-The Times (London)
An interview with Mark Haddon is available on Powells.com.
Listen to an excerpt from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Listen to Terri Gross interview Mark Haddon on Fresh Air (June, 2003).