Wonderful World: A Novel

Paperback | February 23, 2010

byJavier Calvo

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When Lucas Giraut inherits the family company from a father who never really cared enough to get to know him, it comes with a lot of unanswered questions...and an archenemy: Lucas's mother, Fanny. An ambitious and ruthless entrepreneur, Fanny believes her son is as useless as his father, whose recent, mysterious death delights her. Determined to understand exactly what he's been bequeathed, Lucas follows clues found in a windowless secret apartment—and in his dreams—deep in Barcelona's underworld and far from the comforts of his home, a former ducal palace. Meanwhile, Valentina Parini—a precocious and troubled seventh-grader and the self-proclaimed Top European Expert on the Work of Stephen King—looks to Lucas, her upstairs neighbor and only friend, as she struggles with growing up.

Javier Calvo's Wonderful World is a haunting tale that entwines reality and fantasy, filled with scandalous behavior and dangerous crimes.

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When Lucas Giraut inherits the family company from a father who never really cared enough to get to know him, it comes with a lot of unanswered questions...and an archenemy: Lucas's mother, Fanny. An ambitious and ruthless entrepreneur, Fanny believes her son is as useless as his father, whose recent, mysterious death delights her. Det...

A screenwriter and a book collector, Javier Calvo is the author of four works of fiction.Wonderful Worldis his English-language debut. He divides his time between Barcelona and Brooklyn, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.12 inPublished:February 23, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061557692

ISBN - 13:9780061557699

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“Javier Calvo claims to have channeled the ghost of Charles Dickens to write thispostmodern thriller, and the young Spanish author tells his tale with enough brio—the cartoonish cast includes Pink Floyd-obsessed gansters and plastic-surgery-maimedmatriarchs—that you’ll excuse the presumption.”