Cas22

Written in the first person, this book expertly drew me in to the world of a troubled teenage boy, Jaxie Clackton, who flees his home after a lifetime of family violence and journeys into the harsh WA desert on a mission to re-connect with the love of his life, his cousin Lee. Jamie’s language is raw and confronting, brimming with bad grammar, colloquialisms and profanities. While this takes a bit of getting used to, it creates a character who is authentic and, ultimately, likeable. On the way he meets and connects with a hermit priest who also seems to be running from a troubled past although we never learn the details. For Jaxie, however, the desert and his connection to a different kind of human being in the priest provide an epiphany and, hopefully, a better life. A good, if somewhat inconclusive, story.

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