I read this after reading "Tis", but I believe this one was written first. It's a similar type of writing to "Tis", but the child is a bit more innocent, and the family's not as desperate. It's interesting in that it puts you into the child's mind and way of thinking.
"This novel perfectly captures . . the potency, skewed perceptions, and just plain weirdness of being alive at the age of ten . . . Doyle has created a small, resonant masterpiece. Here, for once, in childhood and childhood's end, done heartbreakingly right." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"A beautifully written book; it may be one of the great modern Irish novels." _Carolyn See, THE WASHINGTON POST
Disjointed and meandering tale of an Irish boy in the mid-1960s.
Mostly he hangs out with his buddies, stealing things, setting fires, and tormenting his younger brother. There's a slow-developing subplot about the disintegration of his parents' marriage and his trying to cope with the event.
Booker prize winner, which should have warned me. I don't know their criteria, but am generally disappointed with their choices.