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The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he’d ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit.

“It’s in my interests to know about my parents’ mental problems,” he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command–not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination–in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his “worldly” school chum Chips can teach him.

Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who’s resurfaced in his mother’s life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents’ wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what’s a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday’s daydreams and tomorrow’s decisions, Oliver Tate aims to damn the torpedoes and take the plunge.

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Oliver Tate, a precocious, curious, fourteen-year-old boy growing up in Swansea, Wales, is determined to accomplish all of his goals, from losing his virginity before his fifteenth birthday to uncovering the secrets his parents, neighbors, and girlfriend might be hiding, but his investigative quest soon complicates the lives of everyone around him. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea, South Wales. His poetry has been featured on Channel 4 and Radio 3; he has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Hay-on-Wye, and Latitude. Now twenty-five, Dunthorne lives in London. Submarine is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366702
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Dunthorne, Joe
Author:
Joe Dunthorne
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Coming of Age
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Imagination
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Coming of Age
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Film and Television-Novelization
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080325
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Age Level:
Literature-Coming of Age

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"Synopsis" by , Oliver Tate, a precocious, curious, fourteen-year-old boy growing up in Swansea, Wales, is determined to accomplish all of his goals, from losing his virginity before his fifteenth birthday to uncovering the secrets his parents, neighbors, and girlfriend might be hiding, but his investigative quest soon complicates the lives of everyone around him. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.
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