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“John Egan is a brave, resourceful boy, intelligent and self-aware, yet skating on the edge of madness. The story of John’s thirteenth year is both sympathetic and disturbing. It is also rich in understated humor. This is writing of the highest order.” J. M. Coetzee
Carry Me Down
978-1-84195-878-1 • $13.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2007
From the author of the sleeper hit of 2004, How the Light Gets In, comes a formidable follow-up novel about a young boy’s diligent collection of a “log of lies” and the frightening family blowup it causes. Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee called this novel “writing of the highest order.”
John Egan is a misfit“a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant”who diligently keeps a “log of lies.” John’s been able to detect lies for as long as he can remember. It’s a source of power but also great consternation for a boy so young. With an obsession for the Guinness Book of Records, a keenly inquisitive mind, and a kind of
faith, John remains hopeful despite the unfavorable cards life deals him.
This is one year in a boy’s life. On the cusp of adolescence, from his changing voice and body to his parents’ difficult travails and the near collapse of his sanity, John is like a tuning fork sensitive to the vibrations within himself and the trouble that this creates for him and his family.
Carry Me Down is a restrained, emotionally taut, and sometimes outrageously funny portrait whose drama drives toward, but narrowly averts, an unthinkable disaster.