From Neil Smith, author of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed story collection Bang Crunch , comes a dark but whimsical debut novel about starting over in the afterlife in the vein of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones . When Oliver 'Boo' Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he's a 'gommer', a kid who was murdered. What's more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from his volatile classmate Johnny, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives. In a heart-rending story written to his beloved parents, the odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures as he tests the limits of friendship, learns about forgiveness and, finally, makes peace with the boy he once was and the boy he can now be.
"The literary sleeper hit of the summer ...Part-mystery, part-coming-of-age story with elements of Lord Of The Flies and The Lovely Bones , it's becoming one of those word-of-mouth titles that will suddenly be everywhere...It's brave and unusual and warm and funny and heartening and heartbreaking. " Stylist
Neil Smith lebt als Autor und Übersetzer in Montreal, Kanada. Sein Debüt Bang Crunch ist bereits in den USA, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Indien erschienen und unter anderem von der Washington Post zum Buch des Jahres gewählt worden. Die Stories waren außerdem nominiert für den Commonwealth Writers s Prize für Bestes Debüt und gewannen den Debüt-Preis der Quebec Writers Federation.