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His Illegal Self by Peter Carey

At the center of His Illegal Self is a 7-year-old boy named Che. In 1972, he's living with his grandmother in New York City because his parents are radicals on the run from the FBI. One day, a woman claiming to be his mother takes him and they move from hiding place to hiding place until they arrive in Australia. When Che wants to call her Mom, she tells him instead to call her Dial. They live on a remote commune with other hippies, hiding out from the rest of the world. It's not exactly a happy life for Che there, and he wonders if Dial is really his mother, and if she's not, why did she bring him there? Peter Carey's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "The result is a richly absorbing novel which can be relished for the beauties of its prose and the pertinence of its themes, as well as for the progressively taut pull that it exerts on the emotions."
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