The strength of Hautman’s (Godless) painfully sad novel is the wisecracking but clearly unreliable voice of its narrator, year-old Douglas. Invisible [Pete Hautman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important. Invisible / Pete Hautman. Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends–one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and .

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The availability of items requested from other libraries may depend on the policies of the other libraries. Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends–one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater–who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever. You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend I guess you could say that I’m not only disturbed, I’m obsessed.

Lots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak — he gets beat up after school and the girl of his dreams calls him a worm. Doug’s only refuge is building elaborate model trains in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow. Andy is nothing like Doug: He’s a popular football star who could date any girl in school.

Despite their differences, Doug and Andy talk about everything — except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back. As Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own world, long-buried secrets come to light — and the more he tries to keep them invisible, the looser his grip on reality becomes.

In this fierce, disturbing novel, Pete Hautman spins a poignant tale about inner demons, and how far one boy will go to control them. My Best Friend There is something about trains.

Summaries and Excerpts: Invisible / Pete Hautman.

The sound they make. The way they go by, one car after another after another after another. Every car different but somehow the same. And the tracks go on forever, connecting places, connecting people. Wherever you are, you could go to the nearest railroad track right now, and if you followed it long enough, you would find me.

There is another thing to know about trains. They are large and dangerous. They would crush you if they could, but they are confined by those two narrow strips of steel. Trains are like fire. You don’t want to get in their way. My grandfather left me his HO scale model railroad when he passed on. One locomotive, seven cars, and sixteen feet of track.


That’s another reason I like invisinle — they connect me to him, wherever he is. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend. A guy like Andy might have more than one best friend. He is invksible popular that there are at least five kids at school who would probably claim him. But if you asked Andy who was his best friend, he would say, “Dougie Hanson, of course. I’m a quiet kid, pretty much invisible — except if you happen to notice me standing next to Andy.

We grew up invisjble, Andy and me. We met at the age of one year and three months. Our birthdays are only seventeen days apart. We are like Velcro, like two poles of a magnet, like peanut butter and jelly, like superglue. We are best friends by every definition. It doesn’t matter to Andy Morrow that I have crooked teeth and poor coordination and wear stupid clothes. It wouldn’t matter if I had a nose like a pig and smelled of Limburger cheese.

Andy would still say, “Dougie is my best friend. He might hang peye the other football players, and hatuman friends on the invisiible council, and his golfing friends, and his theater friends, but he always comes home at night and opens his bedroom window and calls out across the low picket fence, “Hey, Dougie! It does not matter that we don’t spend as much time together as we used to. I tell Andy all about the new tank car I bought for the Madham Line. I might talk about my mother’s latest crossword puzzle, or a book I read about black holes, or a math test I took in school, and Andy would listen.

That is what best friends do. And if Andy wants to talk about the school play he is starring in, or invisibke latest football game, or a girl he met I’ll listen to him, too. It does not matter to Andy that we live in completely different realities. I’m Andy’s best friend. It does not matter to Andy that we hardly ever actually do anything together.

We are best friends, me and Andy. My full and proper name is Douglas MacArthur Hanson. I am named after Douglas MacArthur, the famous general, who was a second cousin of my father’s great-aunt.

Everyone on invusible father’s side is named after some famous person we are supposedly related to. My father’s name is Henry Clay Hanson.

Invisible (Hautman novel)

Henry Clay was a politician who died before the Civil War. He was my grandfather’s cousin’s great-uncle.

Or something like that. It goes on and on. Since my grandfather’s name was George Washington Hanson, I guess I’m related to the father of our country too. Anyway, I’m glad I got named after a general instead of a politician. I think it makes me sound more respectable. Usually when I meet someone for the first time, I tell them my full and proper name.


Then I say, “But you can call me General. Sometimes he calls me General, just to tease me.

I kind of like it. I am very easy to get along with. My mother would not agree with that. She finds me difficult. In fact, she thinks that I am troubled and disturbed. I find it troubling that she finds me disturbing, so she must be right. Hey, was tonight your play? I didn’t miss a line. But — you’re gonna like this — Melissa’s skirt came off.

And in this one scene she’s really mad and she spins around fast and the bottom of her skirt gets caught on a nail sticking out of this table leg and it comes right off. I can see it in my head just like a movie. Andy says, “But she was really cool. She grabbed the skirt and pulled it back on and just kept going with the scene. The audience didn’t laugh or anything. You should’ve been there. You should’ve heard Melissa after the play. She was so mad at the guy in charge of props, I thought she’d rip his face off.

So what did you do today? I’ve been working on it for months.

It’s really quite amazing. Andy always teases me about that. Andy and I had some bad luck with fires when we were kids. We’re more careful now. I always invvisible the phosphorous tips off all the matchsticks before using them. I have scraped the heads off boxes of stick matches. There are matches in a box.

In case you are slow at math, that’s 22, matches in all. Everybody in Madham will be there. You want to come? Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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