Title: The Human Bobby
Author: Gabe Rotter
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Edition: tradeSetting: California
Source: personal collection
Date Completed: September/2012
In this story Bobby Flopkowski, is a young man whose childhood was marred by the suicide of his plumber father when he was just 15 and the death of his mom just a few years. Bobby was smart, and worked hard to make it through medical school. After graduation, his well-to-do medical school friend, Dicky, invited Bobby (Doc) to join a private pediatric practice in ritzy Brentwood, California. A practice that Dicky's dad had set up for him. Determined to make a better life for his wife is infant son, they couple soon bought a beautiful home in Beverly Hills and living the good life with his beautiful wife Ava, and little son Jack.
But when Bobby's first girlfriend tracks him down on the internet and comes back into the picture, now more attractive than ever, the reader knows something unsettling is about to happen. Something terrible does happens and Bobby's life and career quickly spiral out of control. I don't want to reveal too much about what exactly happens, but trust me, it is a great story. I will say that the novel begins with Chapter 31, and captured my attention from beginning to end. The story was never confusing and had me anxiously turning pages. Often bizarre and even disturbing, The Human Bobby is fast paced and extremely well done. I'm sorry I waited this long to experience it.