A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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"Hilarious, heartfelt and brimming with humanity." --Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind--Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.

Decades later, the Telemachuses are not so amazing. Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie's in serious debt to his dad's old mob associates. Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard. To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there's any magic left in the Telemachus clan. And there is: Irene's son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience. But he hasn't told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves--if it doesn't tear them apart in the process.

Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781524780234
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Grego
Characteristics: 627 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Spoon benders [large print]


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May 07, 2019

Loved the premise and many of the comments so decided to give it a try. Not what I expected - wanted more on the "gifts" and way less of the family drama, especially the whole con-artist game. Got half-way through hoping for more about Maureen and her past - she seemed the most interesting character.

Aug 08, 2018

Excellent read.

SnoIsleLib_MarieB May 03, 2018

A family of gifted psychics are debunked live on TV and their lives are never the same. Each member of the family has their demons. Intertwined in their stories is an intricately crafted mystery. Funny and original.

Feb 16, 2018

I loved this book. The combination of quirky family drama/comedy, extra-sensory powers and and inept criminal behavior kept me reading very late at night

Jan 14, 2018

I did not finish book; it was a chore to read, so I stopped.

Cynthia_N Oct 07, 2017

This one moved a little slower than I expected but, in the end, I really enjoyed it. An unexpected twist at the end clinched it!

ehbooklover Aug 26, 2017

This one is a slow-burner at the beginning but don't let that fool you. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first but I soon grew to love the characters and all of their many quirks. Eventually, I found myself constantly picking up the book because I just couldn't wait to see how everything turned out for them. A wonderful book about a very interesting and totally unique family.

jennrogue Aug 22, 2017

Couldn't finish this book. I'm almost 100 pages into the story, but I am finding so many parts of it (most of it) terribly boring. It's a long book, so maybe things will pick up? I hate stopping books when I am past a chapter into them, and I've heard this book is great so I don't really want to give up ... but I am just really not feeling it! Maybe I'll come back to it another day. For now, leaving it at DNF at 77pgs.

Jul 14, 2017

Wonderful premise, superb quality of writing, but it was shockingly boring.

lindab1111 Jul 13, 2017

Spoonbenders is a twisty treat. Its got mobsters, government secret missions, psychics, time travelers and most of all a loving family dynamic with a ton of crazyness thrown in. I loved the characters in the Telemachus family, each with their own special ability. I had to read this book in several sittings and I couldn't wait to get back to it each time.

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