By David Stahler
Have you heard the legend of the doppelganger? It’s a creature who looks just like you. In some stories, if you see one, it means you’re going to die. In other stories, it’s a shape-changer. You won’t know until it’s too late that the person you’re talking to is really a monster who will kill you and steal your shape—then move into your home with your family and steal your life.
Chris is a tough guy. A jock. A fighter. But when he beats up the wrong homeless guy, his life is over: he took on a doppelganger. Maybe you think Chris got what he deserved. But did the monster? As it takes over Chris’ live it discovers that some human beings act like monsters—like parents who abuse their kids.
As the doppelganger Chris begins to sink into Chris’ old life, he’s tempted by the opportunity to change things, make things different—maybe better. When the human beings are monsters, can the monster become a human being?(Book talk by Kirsten Edwards, King County Library System)
Last Updated: April 17, 2008