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Spoonbenders

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
World Fantasy Best Novel (nominee)
A NEBULA AWARD FINALIST
ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR


"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 Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard.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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A joyfully weird book about psychics and con artists, and the marvels that result from the intermarriage of the two." - Charlie Jane Anders

"There is real magic in Daryl Gregory's gleeful story of the Amazing Telemachus Family." - Jade Chang

"Spoonbenders is brilliant. With the Telemachus clan, Daryl Gregory has created a family that is part J.D. Salinger and part David Foster Wallace." - Christopher Farnsworth

"Spoonbenders is X-Files meets The Sopranos with a real, roaring heart." - Robin Sloan

"Spoonbenders is hilarious, heartfelt and brimming with humanity." - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

"A big generational family story of longing, nostalgia and humor. The writing is so deftly charming and yet deeply felt. Spoonbenders is entertaining and moving - a perfect summer read." - Charles Yu


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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spoonbenders: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice 2017
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-78648-275-4 / 978-1-78648-275-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spoonbenders
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 0-385-68951-9 / 978-0-385-68951-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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June 2017 : Hardback
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Title: Spoonbenders: A novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-5247-3182-X / 978-1-5247-3182-3
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spoonbenders
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 0-385-68953-5 / 978-0-385-68953-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spoonbenders: A novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 0-525-43241-8 / 978-0-525-43241-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spoonbenders: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice - the perfect summer read!
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-78648-277-0 / 978-1-78648-277-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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July 2017 : Paperback
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Title: Spoonbenders: A Novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-5247-1124-1 / 978-1-5247-1124-5
Publisher: Random House LCC US
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June 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spoonbenders
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-78648-276-2 / 978-1-78648-276-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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June 2017 : Paperback
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Title: Spoonbenders: A novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-5247-8023-5 / 978-1-5247-8023-4
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

June 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: Spoonbenders: A novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
ISBN: 1-5247-3480-2 / 978-1-5247-3480-0
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spoonbenders
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: riverrun
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June 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Spoonbenders
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spoonbenders: A Novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spoonbenders: A Novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Spoonbenders
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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June 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spoonbenders: A hilarious and heartwarming family drama, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: riverrun
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June 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Spoonbenders: A novel
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Publisher: Vintage
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