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Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the series follows the sometimes amusing, sometimes, heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes terrifying events that follow an introverted old man's retirement as he reluctantly befriends a young and struggling single mother, her naive and lonely son, and lastly, a boy streetwise beyond his years.

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Goodreads: 4.15 Stars with 2000+ Ratings

Amazon: 4.4 Stars with 300+ Ratings

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A troubled old Jew totally dependent on his doting but ill wife, and the mutual salvation that comes from his accidental friendship with the son of his racist next-door neighbor.

Once an amusing extrovert with a reputation as a prankster, Mr. Rosen is entering his senior years as a stoic thirty-year converted introvert who hates change, has little to no interest in people and is more than content to have his wife gently take the navigator's seat of his life. Since becoming a practicing introvert, there have been few changes in his life, and for each of those his wife had walked him through them, including the recent move to a much smaller home in a middle-class neighborhood where he lives next to a racist whose pint-sized son addresses him as Mr. Jew.

Mr. Rosen had seen the move coming, and he's very much aware of the enormous change to come that will force him to chart his own life's route
. A change that will come sometime in the, hopefully, far-off future; though, he refuses to think about it.

This cozy story of an unlikely friendship offers a roller coaster of emotion as Mr. Rosen's comfortable world begins to implode while on a collision course with the chaotic world of a boy, his troubled mother and vengeful father.

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 4.29 Stars with 600+ Ratings

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The first murder raised eyebrows; the second raised alarms.

Dewey is moving, and he couldn't be more excited; though, he's alone in his enthusiasm. Lisa, his mother, and recently retired Avriel, his next-door neighbor and best buddy, don't share in his excitement regarding the move from their suburban bungalow to a dirty basement-level apartment in the lower-class area, where two murders have recently occurred.

This sometimes lighthearted and at other times intense novel follows naive Dewey as he befriends two 'different' streetwise boys, learns the pros and cons of friendship and is then stalked by a killer preying on children.

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 4.37 Stars with 550+ Ratings

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With Blue’s father in prison for selling marijuana and his mother estranged for over the last seven years, Blue is doing well, all considering. As the second addition to the not-so-nuclear Dixon family of Lisa, her ten-year-old son, Dwight, and the retired, Jewish introvert, Av, Blue finds himself living in a much better area of Halifax, Nova Scotia, going to a much better school and for the first time, actually applying himself academically as he struggles to fit in. 


All that's soon threatened when Blue’s estranged mother returns to take him away, and around the same time, he’s harassed and threatened by his father’s affiliation with the very dangerous, local biker gang to whom his father owes money.  

 

Blue, his surrogate family, and Dwight's new academically overachieving friend, Lyon, are forced to deal with the quickly escalating problems that threaten both the family unit and its members. 

 

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 4.35 Stars with 600+ Ratings

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The Prequel

 

With her mother’s death two years before, her father’s recent marriage to a woman she doesn’t get along with, and then finding herself engaged to a man she isn’t even sure she loves, Ruth decides to take a year away from home to discover what she wants in life. So with a small savings, the support from her much older and lifelong best friend (her family’s servant,) and little knowledge of the common world, she sets off for Cambridge, England, where she will meet some ‘different’ characters, learn what life is like for a single, independent working woman during the depression and befriend a young man who makes up for his lack of looks with his wit, amusing idiosyncrasies and his love for practical jokes. 

 

On her adventure of self-discovery, Ruth will find more than she ever expected. Unbeknownst to Ruth, a secret hides within her family that will eventually enlighten her to herself, to her past, and permanently change the direction of her future.