Monday, September 17, 2012

33 Snowfish, by Adam Rapp

Again, I don't know why I got this one out of the library. Someone recommended it somewhere along the way. It's pretty amazing. Published by Candlewick Press, which is really the main clue to it being not a book for adults. That, and it's about teenagers--which didn't used to mean a novel wasn't written for an adult audience.

The Library of Congress summary on the page with the publication info says: "Summary: A homeless boy, running from the police with a fifteen-year-old, drug-addicted prostitute, her boyfriend who just killed his own parents, and a baby, gets the chance to make a better life for himself."

Gregory Maguire describes it on the back cover as "a brutal poetic caw."

It's an intense, strange little book. Powerful characters, strange adventures, and somehow it really works.


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