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His Illegal Self

His Illegal Self

Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 292
Genre: Novel
'When the boy was almost eight, a woman stepped out of the elevator into the apartment on East Sixty-second Street and he recognised her straightaway. No one had told him to expect it. That was pretty typical of growing up with Grandma Selkirk . . . No one would dream of saying, Here is your mother returned to you.' "His Illegal Self" is the story of Che. Raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, he is the precocious son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents, denied all access to television and the news, he takes hope from his long-haired teenage neighbour, who predicts, 'They will come for you, man. They’ll break you out of here'. Soon Che too is an outlaw, fleeing down subways, abandoning seedy motels at night, and pitched into a journey that leads him to a hippie commune in the jungle of tropical Queensland. Here he slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. Who is his real mother? Was that his real father? If all he suspects is true, what should he do?
ISBN: 9781741665352
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