How the Light Gets in

M. J. Hyland, Author Conongate Us $13 (320p) ISBN 978-1-84195-548-3
When Louise Connor, a brainy, difficult 16-year-old from Sydney, Australia, travels to Chicago as a foreign exchange student, she wants more than just friendship from her wealthy suburban host family. Desperate for affection and approval-and hoping to permanently escape her real family-she plies her hosts with effusive thank-you notes, but also swigs gin to calm her nerves, with predictable results. How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland is a cool, accomplished first novel, originally published to acclaim in Australia; international rights have been sold in five countries, and Hyland will embark on a five-city tour in the U.S.
Reviewed on: 05/10/2004
Release date: 05/01/2004
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 329 pages - 978-1-4063-3449-4
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