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- Publisher: Canongate Us
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 206mm x 25mm | 386g
- Publication date: 11 May 2004
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1841955485
- ISBN 13: 9781841955483
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 474,972
In this acutely observed and darkly humorous tale of adolescence, a gifted but unhappy 16-year-old Australian girl trades poverty for suburban suffocation when she takes part in an exchange program in the U.S.
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M.J. Hyland is an ex-lawyer and the author of three multi-award-winning novels: "How the Light Gets In, Carry Me Down," and" This is How."" Carry Me Down" was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won both the Hawthornden Prize and The Encore Prize. Hyland is also a lecturer in Creative Writing in The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she runs fiction workshops, alongside Martin Amis, Colm Toibin, and Jeanette Winterson. She also runs regular fiction masterclasses in "The Guardian" Masterclass Programme, and has twice been shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize (2011 and 2012). She also publishes in" The Guardian's ""How to Write" series, and has written nonfiction for "The Financial Times, Granta, The New Yorker," and elsewhere. Hyland is co-founder of The Hyland and Byrne Editing Firm (see - editingfirm.com & mjhyland.com)
"An estimable debut: Hyland has adeptly caught the tones of adolescent pride, paranoia and vulnerability."