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Tom is the bespectacled class nerd: clumsy, introverted,
and relentlessly bullied. When he leaves his lunchbox
unguarded, Tom returns to find it inhabited by ants. When
he gazes at the cute girl in class, she responds by
sticking out her tongue. And when it is time to partner
up on a canoeing trip, he is left to paddle on the river
alone...At home, Tom finds solace in recordings of nature
and the wild spaces of his imagination. But when he falls
prey to a particularly cruel trick, this imaginative
wilderness becomes rampant. It wants out. A moment of
crisis marks the beginning of a gradual and disturbing
metamorphosis. As his limbs turn slowly into branches,
Tom is forced to confront adult life as a man
transformed. Outburst is a compelling modern fairy tale
and a masterpiece of magical realism - dark, imaginative
and beautifully drawn.
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