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The Wonders is a novel about a misfit trio who become instant international stars. What sets them apart is the radical, experimental and sometimes faulty medical treatments they've all undergone. Leon has a hole punched through his chest and a small mechanical heart visible to all; Kathryn has been cured of a rare genetic disorder but the treatment left her covered in curly black wool; and performance artist Christos has metal wings implanted into his back.
When 'The Wonders' are brought together by a canny entrepreneur, their glamorous, genre-defying, twenty-first-century freak show becomes a global sensation. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger.
A wonderfully inventive novel that challenges our ideas about celebrity, disability and the value of life from one of Australia's finest authors at the peak of her powers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781922213266
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Paddy O'Reilly is the author of two novels, The Factory and The Fine Colour of Rust, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a novella. Her novels have been shortlisted for major awards, and her stories have been widely published, anthologised and broadcast in Australia and overseas.
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