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An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman
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An Elegant Young Man

by Luke Carman

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A brief, effective collection of vignettes about growing up in Western Sydney. Carman's stories are light on plot but heavy on atmosphere and sharp observation and here he presents a snapshot of life in the multi-cultural, messy and ugly streets of Liverpool and surrounds. It's short, sharp and effective - looking forward to what Carman comes up with next. ( )
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My name is Luke Francis Carman.
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For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flash-point of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature. Luke Carman???s first book of fiction is about to change all that: a collection of monologues and stories which tells it how it is on Australia???s cultural frontier. His young, self-conscious but determined hero navigates his way through the complications of his divorced family, and an often perilous social world, with its Fobs, Lebbbos, Greek, Serbs, Grubby Boys and scumbag Aussies, friends and enemies. He loves Whitman and Kerouac, Leonard Cohen and Henry Rollins, is awkward with girls, and has an invisible friend called Tom. His neighbour Wessam tells him he should write a book called How to Be Gay ??? and now he has. Carman???s style is packed with thought and energy: it captures the voices of the street, and conveys fear and anger, beauty and affection, with a restless intensity.… (more)

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