Michael's older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy.
Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael's coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where those who don't know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures.
Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael's community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman.
About the Author
Felicity Castagna is the author of Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia and The Incredible Here and Now. She is a doctoral candidate at UWS. She has worked as a teacher, editor and community arts worker in western Sydney for the past 10 years.
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13 - 16 years old
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st September 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8