My Name is Anton starts in 1965. Eighteen year old Anton has had a terrible year. His beloved grandfather Anton has passed away, his brother Greg has tragically died and he is suffering from the loss of his right hand. It is Christmastime and rather than having his parents around him, they leave him alone and head out of the country on vacation. Luckily, Anton has the support and love of his grandmother and great uncle. His early Christmas present from his father is a telescope. While trying it out, he sees a woman in her apartment across the street being abused by her husband. So starts the story of Anton and Edith. What transpires next is best left to discover on your own.
Author Catherine Ryan Hyde addresses some very serious topics in this book with a great deal of insight and sensitivity. At the heart of the story is the ability to express love in a completely selfless way as taught to Anton by his Grandma Marion, his main ally. This book has more heart and hopefulness than anything I’ve read in a long time. The story could be accused of being a bit sugary but sometimes we could all use a little overdose of sweetness. It’s the perfect time for this gentle book.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author for an advance copy of this lovely book in advance of its publication date.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Historical Fiction / Coming-of-Age Fiction.
Publication Date: December 1, 2020.