He asked the water to
lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made
every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him
his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.
His whole life, Danny Kelly has only wanted one thing: to win
Olympic gold. Everything he has ever done—every thought, every dream, every
action—takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world
will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest, and the best. His life
has been a preparation for that moment.
His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious
private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is
bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny
is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny’s
win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favor with the coolest boys—he’s Barracuda,
he’s the psycho, he’s everything they want to be but don’t have the guts to get
there. He’s going to show them all.
He would be first,
everything would be alright when he came first, all would be put back in place.
When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm.
A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of
the international bestseller The Slap,
Barracuda is an unflinching look at
modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families.
Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them
to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we
overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person?
Barracuda is about
living in Australia right now, about class and sport and politics and migration
and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and
love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we
fill the holes at our center. It’s brutal and tender and blazingly brilliant;
everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives
and world. Download and start listening now!