This wonderful new middle grade novel is something of a hybrid. It is autobiographical fiction. Or, rather, it is the creative way that the author tells his own story. And Nayeri’s work is compelling and compassionate. Written with great heart and humor— and with a genuine flair for the art of storytelling— Everything Sad Is Untrue weaves Daniel’s literal and figurative journeys with an eye to the universal questions we all face: What is “home”? Where and how do we find that? And who is our family? The motif of father and son conflict is particularly heart-wrenching here. But, through it all, there is the indomitable spirit of Daniel— with his great sense of irony. And his humankindness. This is a truly remarkable debut novel!
–James, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA