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A Robot in the Garden

Published: May 2016
SKU: 9781492631262

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For fans of THE ROSIE PROJECT and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, a broken man and his damaged robot build an unlikely friendship—with some assembly required.

Ben's really great at failing at things—his job, being a husband, taking the garbage out. But then he finds a battered robot named Tang in his garden. And Tang needs Ben.

More ornery and prone to tantrums than one would expect from something made of gears and springs, Tang desperately must be fixed—and he just might be the thing to fix what's broken in Ben. Together they will discover that friendship can rise up under the strangest of circumstances, and what it really means to be human.

Funny, touching, charming, wise, and a bit unusual, A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel, perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connection with the world.

"Our hero is a FANTASTIC and UNFORGETTABLE creation, and so is this absolute marvel of a novel."—Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch and Boo

"An inventive and utterly charming tale...heartwarming."—Booklist, Starred Review

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"an inventive and utterly charming tale...heartwarming." — Booklist, STARRED Review
"Install's debut novel is quirky and witty, full of true human—and robot—emotion that will have readers both laughing and crying. This unusual cast of characters, including the robot Tang, come from all walks of life and set up situations that are interesting and thought-provoking. A Robot in the Garden is a breath of fresh air." — RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"[A] charming first novel... with characters that, whether they are carbon based or cybernetic, never fail to engage the readers' sympathy and win our hearts with their humanity." — Publishers Weekly
"Put two or more characters in a car and send them on zany adventures with inevitable encounters with quirky locals and you've got one of my favorite sub-sub-sub genres: the road trip novel. It's the perfect vehicle (HAAA) for your protagonist to find themselves and solve life's big questions" — BookRiot
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