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His Illegal Self

His Illegal Self

(2008)
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When the boy was almost eight, a woman stepped out of the elevator into the apartment on East Sixty-second Street and he recognized her straightaway. No one had told him to expect it. That was pretty typical of growing up with Grandma Selkirk . . . No one would dream of saying, Here is your mother returned to you.

His Illegal Self is the story of Che—raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, he is the precocious son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents, denied all access to television and the news, he takes hope from his long-haired teenage neighbor, who predicts, They will come for you, man. They'll break you out of here.

Soon Che too is an outlaw: fleeing down subways, abandoning seedy motels at night, he is pitched into a journey that leads him to a hippie commune in the jungle of tropical Queensland. Here he slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. Who is his real mother? Was that his real father? If all he suspects is true, what should he do?

Never sentimental, His Illegal Self is an achingly beautiful story of the love between a young woman and a little boy. It may make you cry more than once before it lifts your spirit in the most lovely, artful, unexpected way.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-24385-1 / 978-0-571-24385-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-23151-9 / 978-0-571-23151-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-307-26372-X / 978-0-307-26372-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-307-35656-6 / 978-0-307-35656-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-23154-3 / 978-0-571-23154-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-307-35657-4 / 978-0-307-35657-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self (Vintage International)
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-307-27649-X / 978-0-307-27649-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

November 2008 : Australia Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-74166-637-6 / 978-1-74166-637-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Vintage (Australia)
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-23152-7 / 978-0-571-23152-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-24521-8 / 978-0-571-24521-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-23153-5 / 978-0-571-23153-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

October 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   

October 2008 : UK Audio edition
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

February 2008 : UK Audio CD
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 0-571-24066-6 / 978-0-571-24066-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-4332-0918-7 / 978-1-4332-0918-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-4332-0920-9 / 978-1-4332-0920-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-4332-0919-5 / 978-1-4332-0919-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-4332-0921-7 / 978-1-4332-0921-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA MP3 CD
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-4332-0922-5 / 978-1-4332-0922-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: His Illegal Self - on playaway
Author(s): Peter Carey
ISBN: 1-60514-265-4 / 978-1-60514-265-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: His Illegal Self
Author(s): Peter Carey
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   



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