Black Swan Green (Random House)
David Mitchell, one of the younger generation of British writers, provides a jolt of energy to the coming-of-age novel. First off, this novel ends just when the rite-of-passage traditionally begins. Here, we discuss those familiar curses of adolescence--the bully, the stammer, the fearful first kiss--to all of which Mitchell brings his special luminosity.
Read an excerpt from Black Swan Green.