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Black Swan Green
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Title: Black Swan Green

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ISBN: 9781588365286, 9780812974010, 9781400063796

From award-­winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-­year-­old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-­fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-­hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigré who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason’s search to replace his dead grandfather’s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher’s recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-­motion divorce in four seasons. Pointed, funny, profound, left-­field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, is David Mitchell’s subtlest and most effective achievement to date.

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