â€śFunny, bewitching, observant.â€ťâ€”The Oregonian â€śHits all the frets of a powerful story: sharp-witted dialogue, vivid characters, insight into medical challenges and prose that snaps like well-placed plucks of guitar strings. . . . I hold up my lighter and turn it full-flame for [Garth] Steinâ€™s latest work. Encore!â€ťâ€”The Seattle Times â€śCompelling.â€ťâ€”Seattle Post-Intelligencer â€śStein handles the many narrative elements deftly.â€ťâ€”Seattle Weekly â€śAn engrossing family drama.â€ťâ€”Publishers Weekly Evan had a hit single, but that was ten years ago. Thirty-one now, heâ€™s drifting, playing in a local band and teaching middle-aged men to coax music from an electric guitar. Beset at a young age with a life-threatening form of epilepsy, heâ€™s kept his condition a secret. But his deepest secret is that he got his high school sweetheart pregnant. Then her conservative parents whisked her out of Seattle and out of Evanâ€™s life. Now, fourteen years later, he experiences unplanned parenthood when he undertakes to raise the resentful teenage son heâ€™s never known. Off beat and disarming, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets portrays a contemporary American family with unfailing honesty.