The following fiction excerpt comprises the first two chapters of a current work in progress, the manuscript for a novel, Everything in Its Right Place. Set in Melbourne, Australia, the premise of the manuscript is as follows: A sixteen-year-old must come to terms with the trauma of his childhood, and the relationship with his father that made it so difficult, in order to navigate the complexities of his present life—girls, mates, a posh new school, the footy season, and a mother on the brink of collapse.

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