A tale of two Londons, and two writers obsessed with Peter Pan, from one of Latin America’s most playful and stylish novelists
A children’s writer unreels a shocking confession in Rodrigo Fresán’s dazzling English-language debut. Known to millions by his pen name, Peter Hook, Fresán’s hero has survived the death of his rock-star parents, and a childhood surrounded by 1960s excess, to become the most successful children’s author of his generation, best loved as the creator of the time-traveling boy Jim Yang.
Over the course of one night, Peter tells his life story—and that of J. M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan—to the child actor cursed with playing Jim Yang in the movies. Gradually, a fantastical and terrible tale emerges, a tale of shadow identities and suicide, lost boys and foundlings. Moving between the Edwardian
age and Swinging London, Kensington Gardens is an exploration of the charms and perils of nostalgia and children’s literature from one of Latin America’s most celebrated young novelists.
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KENSINGTON GARDENSUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Dark-hearted, sinuously plotted journey into the world of children's literature. Peter Hook, the narrator of this novel, is a classically paranoid personality. Raised in London, the child and ... Read full review
Kensington gardensUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Argentine expatriate FresÃ¯Â¿Â½n's first novel translated into English is a complex, long-winded, rather dark-framed tale centering on J.M. Barrie'sPeter Pan . Peter Hook, a wildly successful writer ... Read full review