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Rocks in the Belly: a novel by [Bauer, Jon]
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“John Bauer excels in this exploration of the mind of a child who, however intelligent and funny he may be, is nonetheless deeply unsure of himself. A notable first novel.” Author: J.M. Coetzee

“Kept me pinned to the page.” Author: The Age

"This is such a beautifully choreographed, sensitive and accessible novel, it's hard to believe it's Bauer's first ... Bauer's orchestration of grief and comedy, innocence and pessimism is reminiscent of Kirsty Gunn's brilliant childhood tragedy Rain, and has emotional honesty that matches the best Helen Garner." Author: Australian Literary Review

“An ambitious, darkly disturbing, challenging and well-written debut novel.” Author: Marie Claire

"Bauer ruthlessly pokes dark and unpleasant psychological recesses and does not shy away from discomfort. Guilt, shame, malice, anger and neglect are the pressure points here. This makes for gripping reading. Each voice - the child and the man - is compelling and complex. Bauer perfectly catches the uncertainty of a deeply insecure child who does not want to share his mother's love, and neatly displays the ambiguity of the situation ... This is a largely tragic book, but it speaks in a mesmerising voice a brutal truth about the intensity of family relationships." Author: The Sunday Telegraph

"This raw story is often difficult to listen to. The nameless main character is deeply damaged and resentful because his parents, particularly his mother, chose to foster children throughout his childhood. And she seems to feel closer to one child, in particular, than she does to him. Author-narrator Jon Bauer portrays the story's two alternating viewpoints: that of the 8-year-old child and that of the same young man 20 years later as a volatile adult. Bauer graphically portrays both the man and his mother, who is later at her son's mercy as she battles cancer and suffers from dementia. Fortunately, the father's more compassionate nature offers a respite from the negativity and pain between the mother and son. A story that offers insight into complex family dynamics." Author: AudioFile Magazine

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“John Bauer excels in this exploration of the mind of a child who, however intelligent and funny he may be, is nonetheless deeply unsure of himself. A notable first novel.” (J.M. Coetzee)

“Kept me pinned to the page.” (The Age)

"This is such a beautifully choreographed, sensitive and accessible novel, it's hard to believe it's Bauer's first ... Bauer's orchestration of grief and comedy, innocence and pessimism is reminiscent of Kirsty Gunn's brilliant childhood tragedy Rain, and has emotional honesty that matches the best Helen Garner." (Australian Literary Review)

“An ambitious, darkly disturbing, challenging and well-written debut novel.” (Marie Claire)

"Bauer ruthlessly pokes dark and unpleasant psychological recesses and does not shy away from discomfort. Guilt, shame, malice, anger and neglect are the pressure points here. This makes for gripping reading. Each voice - the child and the man - is compelling and complex. Bauer perfectly catches the uncertainty of a deeply insecure child who does not want to share his mother's love, and neatly displays the ambiguity of the situation ... This is a largely tragic book, but it speaks in a mesmerising voice a brutal truth about the intensity of family relationships." (The Sunday Telegraph)

"This raw story is often difficult to listen to. The nameless main character is deeply damaged and resentful because his parents, particularly his mother, chose to foster children throughout his childhood. And she seems to feel closer to one child, in particular, than she does to him. Author-narrator Jon Bauer portrays the story's two alternating viewpoints: that of the 8-year-old child and that of the same young man 20 years later as a volatile adult. Bauer graphically portrays both the man and his mother, who is later at her son's mercy as she battles cancer and suffers from dementia. Fortunately, the father's more compassionate nature offers a respite from the negativity and pain between the mother and son. A story that offers insight into complex family dynamics." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe (2 August 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064IM5QO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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