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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Banks Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062315595
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When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school, and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name “Bone.” He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned school bus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile.

There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal, and redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intoxicating and unsparing, Rule of the Bone is a romance for a world fast running out of room for childhood.”

    Jonathan Franzen

  • “A magnificent book…Russell Banks has created a story that is both shattering and reassuring.”

    Roddy Doyle, New York Times bestselling author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

  • “An immediate American classic, a Huck Finn for our times…A wonderful novel, a true story of redemption.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Funny, moving, and utterly convincing.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “One finishes the book with indelible sympathy for tough-guy Bone, touched by his loneliness, fear and desperation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Raw and moving.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Banks’ previous novels have been eagerly sought, and this one should prove no exception.”

    Booklist

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About the Author
Author Russell Banks

Russell Banks is the author of poetry, nonfiction, and more than fifteen works of fiction admired for their realism and portrayal of working-class people. Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift were both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes. Two of his novels, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, have been made into award-winning films. A member of the International Parliament of Writers and former New York State Author, Banks was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He lives in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.