“Set in Australia, [this] is a sprawling novel about a thoughtful boy’s premature journey into manhood. Boy Swallows Universe hypnotizes you with wonder, and then hammers you with heartbreak. The events of Eli’s life are often fatal and tragic, but fate and tragedy do not overpower the story. Eli’s remarkably poetic voice and his astonishingly open heart take the day. They enable him to carve out the best of what’s possible from the worst of what is, which is the miracle that makes this novel marvelous.” —The Washington Post
2019 Indie Book of the YearBrisbane, 1983: Eli has a lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer stepfather, and a notorious crim babysitter. And his life is about to get a whole lot more serious . . .