Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

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Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062898104
Branch Call Number: FIC DAL
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 24 cm

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DCLadults Apr 24, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. This is no typical coming-of-age story. Eli’s mother is in jail, his older genius brother is a selective mute, and his best friend is an elderly felon.

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darladoodles
Mar 27, 2019

This is a gritty, powerful story about Eli and August Bell. They grow up in Brisbane in the midst of the drug trade. Their babysitter is a 70-something ex-convict who was legendary for his alleged crime and escape. Two revelations tie the book together: 1) The phrase "your end is a dead blue wren" and 2) The name Caitlyn Spies. These two items are revealed written in the air by older brother Gus. Eli tells us the story of how everything comes together in the ocean of the universe. In this magical coming of age story, a red phone gives Eli hope and encourages him to persevere in bringing his family back together and pursuing his dream career in journalism. Readers who enjoyed the recently released "Bridge of Clay" will find this appealing.

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Bookish19
Dec 20, 2018

This is a phenomenally funny story! Anyone who grew up or lived in Brisbane in the 80s will get this book. Trent Dalton, a highly acclaimed journalist with the Courier Mail and the Australian and known for his beautifully written long pieces, is a master storyteller and a fresh and exciting new voice in Australian fiction.

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