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By (author) Jamie O'Neill
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, United States
Published: 1st Sep 2003
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 1mm
Weight: 172g
ISBN-10: 0743231732
ISBN-13: 9780743231732
Barcode No: 9780743231732
Nilus Moore, a young Irish boy, lives with his father in their decaying, shambolic house. Haunted by the death of his mother, he escapes the chaos outside in the refuge of his room where he plays obsessively with an enormous matt-black jigsaw, its orderly perfection an answer to his loss. His garlic-chewing father has taken to his bed with a bottle of brandy, oblivious of his own brother's plans to demolish his already crumbling house. As the rest of his world seems to tumble around him, Nilus has to struggle to keep his home - and his sanity - from falling apart.

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"The story is populated by quirky characters and is told in language relished as much for its idiomatic sound as its verisimilitude."-- "Irish Times"