Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Slap (soon to be an NBC miniseries) returns in an immensely moving ( Sunday Times ) story of a young athlete s coming of age Fourteen-year-old Daniel Kelly is special. Despite his upbringing in working-class Melbourne, he knows that his astonishing ability in the swimming pool has the potential to transform his life, silence the rich boys at the private school to which he has won a sports scholarship, and take him far beyond his neighborhood, possibly to international stardom and an Olympic medal. Everything Danny has ever done, every sacrifice his family has ever made, has been in pursuit of this dream. But what happens when the talent that makes you special fails you? When the goal that you ve been pursuing for as long as you can remember ends in humiliation and loss? Twenty years later, Dan is in Scotland, terrified to tell his partner about his past, afraid that revealing what he has done will make him unlovable. When he is called upon to return home to his family, the moment of violence in the wake of his defeat that changed his life forever comes back to him in terrifying detail, and he struggles to believe that he ll be able to make amends. Haunted by shame, Dan relives the intervening years he spent in prison, where the optimism of his childhood was completely foreign. Tender, savage, and blazingly brilliant, Barracuda is a novel about dreams and disillusionment, friendship and family, class, identity, and the cost of success. As Daniel loses everything, he learns what it means to be a good person and what it takes to become one.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Christos Tsiolkas
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Dimensions: Width: 14.80cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 21.00cm
ISBN 10: 1782392424
Publication Date: 02 January 2014
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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Tsiolkas is a master chronicler of the zeitgeist... The words hurtle out as he depicts characters trapped between irreconcilable worlds...Individuals who are intense, complex and flawed but must ultimately cleave towards tenderness and discover generosity. If The Slap was excellent material for a TV series, then Barracuda s more substantial plot has all the hallmarks of a feature film. -- Guardian Barracuda is classic Tsiolkas: impassioned, at times brutal...and written with an honesty that can be alarming, but always riveting. It will no doubt divide readers in much the same way that his other novels did. --Sydney Morning Herald Acclaim for The Slap: A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece --Chris Cleave The Slap is nothing short of a tour de force --Colm Toibin Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium --John Boyne Now and then a book comes along that defines a summer. This year that book is The Slap --Daily Telegraph As addictive as the best soap opera --Daily Mail
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe and The Slap, which won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. He lives in Melbourne.
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