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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Rocks in the Belly
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'Rocks in the Belly tells the story of an eight-year-old boy and the adult he becomes. When he is young his mother fosters boys, despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her son: jealousy that reaches unmanageable proportions when she fosters Robert, a child she can't help bonding with. As the connection between them grows, the son's envy triggers an event that profoundly changes everyone. Especially Robert.

'At twenty-eight, still haunted by his childhood, the son returns to face his mother, who is now chronically ill. He hasn't forgiven her for what happened to Robert, and yet she isn't the same domineering woman anymore. Now she's the dependent one and he the dominant force - a power he can't help but abuse.

'Written in two startlingly original voices, Rocks in the Belly is about the effortless destruction we wreak on one another in the simple pursuit of our own happiness, and a reminder that we never leave our childhood behind. A fast-paced, powerful, yet often beautiful and funny novel.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: Carried, but never held.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton North, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2010 .
      Extent: 296p.
      ISBN: 9781921640674

Works about this Work

Untitled Ruth Starke , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 20 no. 2 2012; (p. 32)

— Review of Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel
Belly up Again Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 April 2012; (p. 19)
Bookmarks Jason Steger , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 April 2012; (p. 33)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the establishment of the Queensland Literary Awards (in the wake of the suspension of the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards). Jason Steger also notes Jon Bauer's shortlisting for the 2012 Dublin IMPAC award. Bauer is nominated for his novel Rocks in the Belly.
Bauer in Line for Top Prize Jason Steger , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 April 2012; (p. 5)
The Year's Work in Fiction : 2010-2011 David Whish-Wilson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 56 no. 1 2011; (p. 167-188)

— Review of Equator : A Novel Wayne Ashton , 2010 single work novel ; Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel ; Traitor Stephen Daisley , 2010 single work novel ; The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel ; The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel ; What Is Left Over, After Natasha Lester , 2008 single work novel ; The Best Australian Stories 2010 2010 anthology short story extract ; Five Bells Gail Jones , 2011 single work novel ; The Mary Smokes Boys Patrick Holland , 2010 single work novel ; Glissando : A Melodrama David Musgrave , 2010 single work novel ; Below the Styx Michael Meehan , 2010 single work novel ; Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel ; When Colts Ran Roger McDonald , 2010 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley , 2010 single work novel ; Time's Long Ruin : A Novel Stephen Orr , 2008 single work novel ; The Legacy Kirsten Tranter , 2010 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott , 2010 single work novel
Untitled B. Owen Baxter , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 89 no. 9 2010; (p. 36)

— Review of Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel
Men on the Mat Tim Kennedy Hanna , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 5 no. 7 2010; (p. 18)

— Review of Killing Richard Dawson Robin Baker , 2010 single work novel ; Glissando : A Melodrama David Musgrave , 2010 single work novel ; The Norseman's Song Joel Deane , 2010 single work novel ; Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel
Characters Step into the Badlands Amanda Horswill , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 - 8 August 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel
A Child Foretells the Man Owen Richardson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 August 2010; (p. 21, 26)

— Review of Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel
An Unhappy Past Confronted on the Long Road to Redemption Conrad Walters , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 August 2010; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel
A Study in Sociopathy B. Owen Baxter (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 89 no. 9 2010; (p. 46)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12 - 13 March 2011; (p. 19)
Miles Franklin Longlist Out Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 March 2011; (p. 8)
Bauer in Line for Top Prize Jason Steger , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 April 2012; (p. 5)
Bookmarks Jason Steger , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 April 2012; (p. 33)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the establishment of the Queensland Literary Awards (in the wake of the suspension of the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards). Jason Steger also notes Jon Bauer's shortlisting for the 2012 Dublin IMPAC award. Bauer is nominated for his novel Rocks in the Belly.
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