The Simple Gift

Steven Herrick, Author
Steven Herrick, Author Simon Pulse $9.99 (188p) ISBN 978-0-689-86867-2
Reviewed on: 05/01/2004
Release date: 04/01/2004
The third of Australian author Steven Herrick's free verse novels that began with Love, Ghosts, and Facial Hair, The Simple Gift, centers on 16-year-old Billy Luckett, who runs away from his alcoholic father to make his own way: ""I'm poor, homeless/ but I'm not stupid."" The poems are written from the points of view of Billy, Old Bill (who he meets while living in a train car) and Caitlin, Billy's love interest-a girl from a wealthy family who works at McDonald's.
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