Boy in the Blue Hammock

Boy in the Blue Hammock

Darren Groth
$22.95


In a time of isolation and scarcity, a regressive regime rules with absolute power, turning neighbour against neighbour, and crushing dissidence with deadly force. A microcosm of this monstrous time: the tiny Pacific Northwest town of Gilder.

In a house on the fringes of the decimated hamlet, Kasper—fifteen, intellectually disabled, limited ability to speak—has miraculously survived the slaying of his family. But alone, he is a fleeting miracle. Alone, he is on borrowed time. Alone, his yellow headphones, brown blanket and beloved copy of The Gingerbread Man are scant consolation. Alone, he is destined to die within the folds of the blue hammock hanging from his bedroom ceiling.

Kasper is not alone.

Tao—failed service dog turned family pet—has also survived the attack. And with the discovery of Boy, Tao understands he has a duty: guide the last living member of his pack out of the house and through the ravaged streets of Gilder to safety. The destination? The one refuge he can conceive of in a world gone mad.

Boy in the Blue Hammock is an epic tale of loss and loyalty, of dissent and destruction, of assumption and ableism. With a unique premise, powerful narrative and evocative prose, this novel might be the best kept literary secret of 2022.


 
"A moving and suspenseful survival tale, powered by the loving relationship between an intellectually disabled teen and a dutiful dog."
–Allan Stratton, author of The Dogs

"This novel literally had me on the edge of my seat and reading through my fingers. It's a bona fide page-turner, an electrifying thriller—but what’s really thrilling is Groth’s complete mastery of his material, his understanding of the human heart. Boy in the Blue Hammock is stunning."
–Kylie Ladd, author of The Way Back

"Boy in the Blue Hammock is worthy of classic status ... Groth's writing is extraordinary, heart-eviscerating and gripping..."
–Lindsay Wincherauk, author of Driving in Reverse


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714267
Paperback / softback
8.5 in x 5.5 in - 208 pp
Publication Date: 30/04/2022
BISAC Subject(s):: FIC055000-FICTION / Dystopian,YAF015000-YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Dystopian 
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Description


In a time of isolation and scarcity, a regressive regime rules with absolute power, turning neighbour against neighbour, and crushing dissidence with deadly force. A microcosm of this monstrous time: the tiny Pacific Northwest town of Gilder.

In a house on the fringes of the decimated hamlet, Kasper—fifteen, intellectually disabled, limited ability to speak—has miraculously survived the slaying of his family. But alone, he is a fleeting miracle. Alone, he is on borrowed time. Alone, his yellow headphones, brown blanket and beloved copy of The Gingerbread Man are scant consolation. Alone, he is destined to die within the folds of the blue hammock hanging from his bedroom ceiling.

Kasper is not alone.

Tao—failed service dog turned family pet—has also survived the attack. And with the discovery of Boy, Tao understands he has a duty: guide the last living member of his pack out of the house and through the ravaged streets of Gilder to safety. The destination? The one refuge he can conceive of in a world gone mad.

Boy in the Blue Hammock is an epic tale of loss and loyalty, of dissent and destruction, of assumption and ableism. With a unique premise, powerful narrative and evocative prose, this novel might be the best kept literary secret of 2022.


 
"A moving and suspenseful survival tale, powered by the loving relationship between an intellectually disabled teen and a dutiful dog."
–Allan Stratton, author of The Dogs

"This novel literally had me on the edge of my seat and reading through my fingers. It's a bona fide page-turner, an electrifying thriller—but what’s really thrilling is Groth’s complete mastery of his material, his understanding of the human heart. Boy in the Blue Hammock is stunning."
–Kylie Ladd, author of The Way Back

"Boy in the Blue Hammock is worthy of classic status ... Groth's writing is extraordinary, heart-eviscerating and gripping..."
–Lindsay Wincherauk, author of Driving in Reverse

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Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714267
Paperback / softback
8.5 in x 5.5 in - 208 pp
Publication Date: 30/04/2022
BISAC Subject(s):: FIC055000-FICTION / Dystopian,YAF015000-YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Dystopian 
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