The Amazing Telemachus family truly is amazing. Teddy is a conman. Maureen can astral project and works for the government. Then there are their children. Irene is the human lie detector, Frankie is getting mixed up with the mob and could once move objects with his mind, and Buddy can see the future whether he wants to or not. Irene's son Matty discovers he has inherited his grandmother's abilities at the start of the book, and that's when things really start to get interesting.
Told from multiple perspectives within the family, SPOONBENDERS mixes past stories with present day (1995 present) happenings in a beautiful way. It is a well told family drama, with a healthy dose of mystery and magic thrown in. The book also gives glimpses and hints at the future through one family member's psychic abilities, you just have to wait to see how it all ties together. I loved every minute of reading about the Telemachus family. Every character was completely fleshed out, from Teddy the con man and his wife Maureen, the true psychic, to their children, friends, acquaintances and enemies.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to escape with a fun, dysfunctional family and their psychic abilities.
July 2017 Indie Next List
“The Amazing Telemachus Family is unlike any other. Patriarch Teddy is a con man whose adult children possess remarkable psychic gifts (telekinesis, lie detection, and clairvoyance), but the loss of their mother leaves the entire family reeling. Though the Telemachus crew's misadventures attract the attention of everyone from the CIA to a scary local crime boss, Teddy and his children are more threatened by their own emotional damage and sketchy past than anything else. Gregory's characters are sharply drawn and lovable, and he tells their story in a way that's wise, warm, and entertaining throughout. With a strong sense of humor and an amazing climax, this is the kind of novel that's an absolute blast to read.”
— Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL
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.
About the Author
DARYL GREGORY is the author of Afterparty, The Devil's Alphabet, and other novels for adults and young readers. His novella We Are All Completely Fine won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in Oakland, California.