The vagrant

The vagrant

Twitcher

by Cherise Saywell

Vintage, $32.95 pb, 291 pp, 9781864711165

When sixteen-year-old Kenno and his family are evicted from their coastal rental property, Kenno is unconcerned: he has a cunning plan that will give them enough money to purchase his dream home. The idea involves lodging a compensatory claim for an accident that happened years ago. But Kenno needs his older sister, Lou, to fill in the details. She has a welted and bluish scar on her forehead, a physical reminder of what happened, whereas Kenno’s memories are less vivid. The results of this freak incident, however, are manifested in Kenno’s father’s crippling dipsomania and his mother’s reliance on religious salvation.

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Published in March 2013 no. 349
Thuy On

Thuy On

Thuy On is a Melbourne-based reviewer, copywriter, and manuscript assessor. She has contributed freelance reviews to publications including Australian Book Review, The Age, The Australian, Bookseller & Publisher, and The Big Issue. She has been a bookworm since she first began reading and is now rediscovering the beauty of picture books with her three-year-old daughter.

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