I thought I would really like this book and it started off very good. Two boys growing up with the older one being very different--throwing tantrums, getting undressed in public and generally just not being a social kid. The book never really dated this but sounded like '70s or '80s before spectrum diagnosis and medicines were used to treat a child like this. Mal, the older & unusual grows up still a little different but does seem to find a place and has a girlfriend. The younger brother falls in love with girlfriend and knows a disaster is coming to her because she loves Mal. At 25 Mal decides to stay in bed for the rest of his life and his mom in a bizarro way starts stuffing him with food. He is in his bed never leaving well into his forties and rest of the book revolves around this. The younger brother & the girl do get together & then apart. The end is all open ended but sounds like they will be together.
I guess all of the characters have flaws and some are really exposed by Mal checking out. By the end they all seem crazy and with their inability to break free, I was at the point of no longer feeling sorry for them. An interesting book but really ended up just a little too far for me. Oh well.
There are like 29 WL for it so at some point I will post it & ship it off but no need to do so right now.