“Ferguson hinges the classic love triangle conflict to a mind-bending page-turner about madness, time-travel, and alternate realities. Mesmerizing and dazzlingly original—a breakout novel.“
—WALLY LAMB, author of She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, and We Are Water
“Rendered in museum-grade detail… plays out in a constant state of fluttering, haloed authenticity.”
“The Lost Boys Symphony is a crazed and discombobulating odyssey. Ferguson takes big risks and tackles big themes in this daring, savvy, and delightfully unpredictable debut.”
—JONATHAN EVISON, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
“Vivid, haunting, stellar prose. A brave meditation on the fragility of the mind and the treachery of the heart.”
— MATTHEW QUICK, author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now
After Henry’s girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he’s hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.
After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother’s home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers—one old, one middle-aged—who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We’ve lost her, but you don’t have to.
In the meantime, Henry’s best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry’s deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. Then, after being followed and confronted by an impossibly familiar stranger, Gabe fears for his own sanity. With no one else to turn to, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.
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