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Black Swan Green
Contributor(s): Mitchell, David (Author)

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ISBN: 0812974018     ISBN-13: 9780812974010
Publisher: Random House Trade
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2007

Annotation: Thirteen chapters provide monthly snapshots of Jason Taylor's life in small-town England. Whether battling his stammer, navigating the social hierarchy of his schoolmates, or watching the slow disintegration of his parents' marriage, he relates his story in a voice that is achingly true to life.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Literary
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 720 HL (High-Low)
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 5.4" W x 8.2" (0.55 lbs) 294 pages
- Topical - Adolescence/Coming of Age
- Cultural Region - British Isles
- Chronological Period - 1980's
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Review Citations: New York Times 03/25/2007 pg. 24
New Yorker (The) 07/05/2010 pg. 69
New York Review of Books 04/26/2012 pg. 32
New Yorker (The) 09/08/2014 pg. 78
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 115221
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 16.0
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Publisher Description:
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.
Black Swan 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.
Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green" "is David Mitchell's subtlest and most effective achievement to date.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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