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5.0 out of 5 stars
Eye Catching!, 11 Oct. 2011
I was first drawn to this book because of the cover and bought it for a friend who grew up in Brazil but, after a quick look inside, I was sp completely captivated by the characters and the worlds which Ed Siegle has so vividly created that I kept it for myself. This is a funny, moving, beautifully written book with a cast of characters that are both exotic and recognisable and the dual locations of Brighton and Brazil are as much a part of the novel as the people who inhabit them.
It is a rare book that both compels you to read on but makes you reluctant to finish. I was transported to the streets of Rio and so taken up with the lives of Joel, Jackie, Nelson and Gilberto that, while I wanted to know what happened to them, I missed them when I had finished. This is an accomplished, moving, vibrant debut novel which should be visible on bookshelves throughout the world!