Tom Kelly Finn's Going

ISBN 13: 9780061214547

Finn's Going

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Take Finn. He may be the burping champion of the universe. He may be the demon farter of the planet—capable of mind-boggling impressions (a hissing cat, a creaking door in a haunted house, a boiling egg).Or not.

Take Danny. He may be the burping champion of the universe. He may be the demon farter of the planet—capable of mind-boggling impressions (a hissing cat, a creaking door in a haunted house, a boiling egg). Or not.

Danny and Finn. Identical twins. Best friends. Big brothers to Angela. Playing with Donut the dog. Sons of Mum and Dad. Living together in a house on Holt Street. Happy.

All of that is about to change.

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About the Author:

Tom Kelly was born in New Jersey, spent his childhood in Belfast, Ireland, and now lives in England with his family. This is his first novel.

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*Starred Review* "Danny or Finn?" It's a familiar question at school, around town, and even at home, because Danny and Finn are identical twins. The question takes on metaphorical dimensions in this haunting story, in which the death of one twin leaves the other behind. For the survivor, now 10, the world has become wobbly and unsafe. He runs away from home, trying to remove the painful reminder his face bears for others: "I couldn't stand seeing them forget for a second, then remembering as soon as they saw me over and over and over." He journeys to the island where his family, his whole family, last vacationed together, and there he looks for a way to make sense of his guilt and grief and to come to terms with who he is and who he isn't. Immersing readers in an idiosyncratic point of view through British slang and narrative quirks (such as lists and footnotes),first-time novelist Kelly, an American who lives in England, pens a powerful novel about moving on, about being yourself no matter how hard, from the realistic perspective of a smart, funny kid who is just waking up to the larger world. Though sad, this is an ultimately life-affirming book, full of poignant insights into how people try to protect themselves and each other from tragedy, and how they cope when they fail. Krista Hutley
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