Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374181017, 384pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2006
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.
"Finally, a translation, so we pathetic English-only readers get to know what lies behind the excitement about Rodrigo Fresan in Latin America and Spain . . . He's a kaleidoscopic, open-hearted, shamelessly polymathic storyteller, the kind who brings a blast of oxygen into the room. Kensington Gardens is a delight."--Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude