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Author: Daniel Galera Narrator: Charlie Anson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781524776985
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A young man wakes up at dawn to drive to the Andes, to climb the Cerro Bonete—a mountain untouched by ice axes and climbers, one of the planet’s final mountains to be conquered—as an act of heroic bravado, or foolishness. But instead, he finds himself dragged, by the undertow of memory, to Esplanada, the neighborhood he grew up in, to the brotherhood of his old friends, and to the clearing in the woods where he witnessed an act that has run like a scar through the rest of his life.

Back in Esplanada, the young man revisits his initiation into adulthood and recalls his boyhood friends who formed a strange and volatile pack. Together they play video games, get drunk around bonfires, pick fights, and goad each other into bike races where the winner is the boy who has the most spectacular crash. Caught between the threat of not being man enough, the desire to please his friends, and the intoxicating contact high of danger, the boy finds himself following the rules of the pack even as the risks mount. And in a moment that reverberates and repeats itself in new ways in his adulthood, his fantasies of who he is and what it means to be a man come crashing down and life asserts itself as an endless rehearsal for a heroic moment that may never arrive.

From one of Brazil’s most dazzling writers, The Shape of Bones is an exhilarating story of mythic power. Daniel Galera has written a pulse-racing novel with the otherworldly wisdom of a parable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Charlie Anson provides the voice for the introspective journey of ‘Hermano’…Anson’s variations for the dialogue of the many characters help to differentiate them, which is important in a work that makes frequent segues from past to present and back again.”

    AudioFile

  • “A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page.”

    David Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A coming of age tale of brutal beauty and disarming tenderness from one of Brazil’s most exciting young novelists.”

    New York Times

  • “A strikingly potent coming-of-age story…Illuminates the murky spaces between who we believe ourselves to be and who we really are. The result is a harrowing, expertly structured work of fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Galera] captur[es]…the touching vulnerability of young people who think they’re immortal, as opposed to adults who are afraid of their own shadows…An elegant meditation on the passage of time and its discontents.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Daniel Galera is a Brazilian writer and translator. He was born in São Paulo but lives in Pôrto Alegre, where he has spent most of his life. He has published four novels in Brazil to great acclaim, including Barba Ensopada de Sangue (Blood-Drenched Beard), which was awarded the 2013 São Paulo Literature Prize. In 2013 Granta named Galera one of the Best Young Brazilian Novelists.

About the Narrator

Charlie Anson is a television, film, and voice actor known for his roles on the series Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders. He is a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.