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Rule of the bone : a novel

Author: Russell Banks
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 1996, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell Banks
ISBN: 0394281659 9780394281650
OCLC Number: 35879383
Notes: First published in Canada: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 1995.
Description: 390 p. ; 19 cm.
Responsibility: Russell Banks.

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When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."

He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption.

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