by Peter Carey |

CRITIC’S CHOICE

REVIEWED BY JONATHAN DURBIN

NOVEL

Carey’s beautiful new novel is about Che, a boy being raised by his New York society grandmother in the ’70s. Che longs to know his parents, dissidents forced underground by their antiwar activities. When he’s kidnapped by Anna, Che thinks she’s his mom, and Anna, acting on orders from his mother, doesn’t correct him. The two flee to Australia’s outback, where Anna believes they’re “off the grid.” Carey’s stark language imbues the narrative with suspense, and his characters feel absolutely real. He’s crafted an unconventional love story that’s a striking portrait of the counterculture’s dregs.

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