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The Ha-Ha - A Novel-logo

The Ha-Ha - A Novel

Dave King

Howard Kapostash has not spoken in 30 years. Ever since a severe blow to the head during his days in the Army, words unravel in his mouth and letters on the page make no sense at all. Because of his extremely limited communication abilities, a small repertory of gestures and simple sounds, most people think he is disturbed. No one understands that Howard is still the same man he was before enlisting, still awed by the beauty of a landscape, still pining for his high school sweetheart, Sylvia.Now Sylvia is a single mom with troubles of her own, and she needs Howard's help. She is being hauled into a drug rehab program and she asks Howard to care for her 9-year-old son, Ryan. The presence of this nervous, resourceful boy in Howard's life transforms him utterly. With a child's happiness at stake, communication takes on a fresh urgency, and the routine that Howard has evolved over the years, designed specifically to minimize the agony of human contact, suddenly feels restrictive and even dangerous. Forced out of his groove, Howard finds unexpected delights (in baseball, in work, in meals with his housemates). His home comes alive with the joys, sorrows, and love of a real family. But these changes also open Howard to the risks of loss and to the rage he has spent a lifetime suppressing.The Ha-Ha

Howard Kapostash has not spoken in 30 years. Ever since a severe blow to the head during his days in the Army, words unravel in his mouth and letters on the page make no sense at all. Because of his extremely limited communication abilities, a small repertory of gestures and simple sounds, most people think he is disturbed. No one understands that Howard is still the same man he was before enlisting, still awed by the beauty of a landscape, still pining for his high school sweetheart, Sylvia.Now Sylvia is a single mom with troubles of her own, and she needs Howard's help. She is being hauled into a drug rehab program and she asks Howard to care for her 9-year-old son, Ryan. The presence of this nervous, resourceful boy in Howard's life transforms him utterly. With a child's happiness at stake, communication takes on a fresh urgency, and the routine that Howard has evolved over the years, designed specifically to minimize the agony of human contact, suddenly feels restrictive and even dangerous. Forced out of his groove, Howard finds unexpected delights (in baseball, in work, in meals with his housemates). His home comes alive with the joys, sorrows, and love of a real family. But these changes also open Howard to the risks of loss and to the rage he has spent a lifetime suppressing.The Ha-Ha
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Howard Kapostash has not spoken in 30 years. Ever since a severe blow to the head during his days in the Army, words unravel in his mouth and letters on the page make no sense at all. Because of his extremely limited communication abilities, a small repertory of gestures and simple sounds, most people think he is disturbed. No one understands that Howard is still the same man he was before enlisting, still awed by the beauty of a landscape, still pining for his high school sweetheart, Sylvia.Now Sylvia is a single mom with troubles of her own, and she needs Howard's help. She is being hauled into a drug rehab program and she asks Howard to care for her 9-year-old son, Ryan. The presence of this nervous, resourceful boy in Howard's life transforms him utterly. With a child's happiness at stake, communication takes on a fresh urgency, and the routine that Howard has evolved over the years, designed specifically to minimize the agony of human contact, suddenly feels restrictive and even dangerous. Forced out of his groove, Howard finds unexpected delights (in baseball, in work, in meals with his housemates). His home comes alive with the joys, sorrows, and love of a real family. But these changes also open Howard to the risks of loss and to the rage he has spent a lifetime suppressing.The Ha-Ha

Language:

English

Narrators:

Terry Kinney

Length:

5h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:41


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:57