The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

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In The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, Scott Stambach presents a hilarious, heart-wrenching, and powerful debut novel about an orphaned boy who finds love and hope in a Russian hospital.

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. That is, until a new resident named Polina arrives at the hospital. At first Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. But soon he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.

Title:The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
ISBN:9781250081872
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  • LeAnne:

    How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibility, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes—how such people think nothing of abusing a man born with low...

  • Emily May

    Update: The author of this book has repeatedly contacted a GR member, asking her to change a negative review, which he called "mean-spirited". On the exact same day that he sent his last message, this...

  • Diane S ?

    PLEaSE READ MY UPDATE AT PAGE BOTTOMThis book, for me, pushed all the right buttons. I laughed, I cried, I sighed, I grimaced, I was filled with sadness and filled with wonder. What a poignant story, ...

  • Angela M

    In Belarus in 1988 a baby is born , suffering severe birth defects from the fallout of Chernobyl, probably one of many babies like this . We first meet Ivan when he's 17 and has lived his entire life ...

  • Jen

    I feel like I've been sandblasted. This was a fantastic and devastatingly weird read at the same time. I can honestly say, I've never read anything like this. How did this happen? I despise YA (for th...

  • Elyse  Walters

    The narration is fresh. Ivan's voice is rare. The reader will notice 'something different' right away......very unique style of storytelling. As far as Ivan himself....he is 17 years old and has spent...

  • Karen

    Ivan narrates his life while living in a home for gravely ill children filled with children born with all kinds of conditions due to the Chernobyl incident.In this book you will find love, hope, human...

  • Esil

    The Invisible Life of Ivan Isianko is original, clever, heartbreaking and quite funny -- pretty good ingredients for a novel. It's written in the form of a first person narrative, from the point of vi...

  • Aditi

    “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ----Dr. SeussScott Stambach, an American author, pens his debut young adult novel, The In...

  • PattyMacDotComma

    5★The Foreword from the ‘editor’ and the Epilogue (at the end, of course) refer to Ivan’s real story and the dates that this took place, so it must be real, mustn’t it?Just to be sure, when ...