Publication Date: May 2012
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Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory? Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy's rival in love? Or could the Automator the ruthless, smooth-talking principal intent on modernizing the school have something to hide? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from the hip-hop-loving Eoin MC Sexecutioner Flynn to the basketball-playing midget Philip Kilfether, and packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin to M-theory to bungee jumping to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.
About the Author
Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, "An Evening of Long Goodbyes", was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. "Skippy Dies", his second novel, was long-listed for the Booker prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.John Keating s numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre s production of "Juno and the Paycock" and La Mama ETC s production of "Cat and the Moon", as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries "John Adams", starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.Carola Lentz is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Paul Nugent is Senior Lecturer in African history at the University of Edinburgh.