All Our Shimmering Skies


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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Trent Dalton is an award-winning journalist at The Weekend Australian Magazine. His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. He was nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest film, Glenn Owen Dodds, which also won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world's largest short film festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Dalton's debut feature film screenplay, In the Silence, is currently in production.


"A spellbinding saga of survival and transformation in WWII Australia. . . . This is a wonder." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This thrilling novel takes you along for the ride."--New York Times Book Review
"Boy Swallows Universe hypnotizes you with wonder, and then hammers you with heartbreak. . . . 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."--Washington Post
"A splashy, profane, and witty debut."--USA Today
"A work of shimmering originality and energy, with extraordinary characters and a clever, thrilling plot. . . . unputdownable."--Sydney Morning Herald
"An electric novel. . . . a lively, funny affirmation of the human instinct for survival."--The Times (London)
"The follow-up to Boy Swallows Universe we could have never imagined, but the one Dalton was destined to gift us.It's a new tale of the Australian Gothic crossed with a psychotropic cowboy movie.It's a story of heroes and villains, foxes and water buffalo, fighter planes and birds of prey, real magic and real love, epitaphs and aphorisms, lost treasure and lost life.It's a love letter to the nation. It's your favorite childhood adventure story dictated by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and William Shakespeare, with a score by Franz Liszt. It's dead serious.It's completely ridiculous.It's all of these things and more."--Booktopia (Australia)
The best book I read this decade.-- Sharon Van Etten in Rolling Stone
"Dalton is an author of 19th-century expansiveness, one with a sense that intelligence, talent for characterization and sheer narrative brio can still be the whole cloth of the writer's ambition. . . . it is storytelling manna, fallen straight from the Territorian skies."--The Australian
PRAISE FOR BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE: Extraordinary and beautiful storytelling.--The Guardian
"Achingly beautiful and poetic in its melancholy, All Our Shimmering Skies is a majestic and riveting tale of curses and the true meaning of treasure."--Booklist (starred review)
"Magical. . . . goodness, hope, and a bit of magic are pitted against gritty realities. The result is unquestionably appealing."--Library Journal