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Rule of the Bone: A Novel (Paperback)

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After years of neglect and trouble with the law, a young man meets a Rastafarian who takes him under his wing. Together they journey to Jamaica and a marijuana-growing ring. From within the chaos the young man builds a strong set of principles.

For me, Bone is a modern-day Huckleberry Finn; his grammar and clothes may not be clean, but his soul is good and he is a bigger hero than he believes himself to be.

— Sara


In the tradition Huckleberry Finn and The Catcherin the Rye, Russell Banks’s quintessential novel of adisaffected homeless youth living on the edge of society “redefines theyoung modern anti-hero. . . . Rule of the Bone has its own culture andlanguage, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations” (SanFrancisco Chronicle). Witha compelling, off-beat protagonist evocative of Holden Caulfield and QuentinColdwater, and a narrative voice that masterfully and naturally captures thenuances of a modern vernacular, Banks’s haunting and powerful novel is anindisputable—and unforgettable—modern classic.

About the Author

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America’s most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780060927240
ISBN-10: 0060927240
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 27th, 1996
Pages: 400
Language: English
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