Black Swan Green by David Mitchelld

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

"This novel follows Jason Taylor, a 15-Year-Old boy living in a small English town in 1982.  For a year we live in Jason's head, as he moves from childhood to his first thoughts of a bigger adult world.  Mitchell perfectly captures what it feels like to be 13: All the confusion, anger, infatuation, grief ,and naivete.  Those who loved Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Bone Clocks, be ready to be surprised at the subtlety and simplicity on display here.  My favorite of Mitchell's many great books."  - Recommended by Wayne

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ISBN: 9780812974010
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 27th, 2007

Black Swan Green 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 emigre 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.