Exchange of Heart / Munro vs. the Coyote

Exchange of Heart CoverSometimes Life takes on
a life of its own…

Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Munro Maddux has been stuck. Flashbacks. Anger. Chest pains. And a voice – taunting, barking, biting – that his counsellor calls ‘the Coyote’.

Munro knows a student exchange will not be the stuff of Disney movies. But in Australia he intends to move beyond his troubled past.

Forced by his new school to join a volunteer program, Munro discovers the Coyote is silenced in one place: Fair Go, an assisted living residence in Brisbane’s west, where Munro gets to know his team of residents: dogged designer Bernie; sleeping refugee Shah; would-be wedded couple Blake and Dale; comic creator Iggy; and self-defence tutor Florence. As this unlikely group shows Munro the sights, Munro’s notion of what it means to be a big brother begins to change.

But the burden Munro carries is not so easily cast aside, and unexpected developments at Fair Go prompt a devastating flashback that threatens to end the student exchange. Will the Coyote ultimately triumph? Or can Munro find the fortitude necessary to mend his heart?

“Funny-sad, authentic and uplifting – Groth is a writer who can pivot from heartbreak to humour without missing a beat.”
– Vikki Wakefield, award-winning author of ‘All I Ever Wanted’

“A great tale about friendship and open-mindedness, and accepting differences in others.”
– Susin Nielsen, award-winning author of ‘Optimists Die First’

“A celebration of all that makes us weird, wonderful, and unique. Groth creates characters who learn resilience in the face of grief and discrimination- and does it with the perfect balance of humour and heart.”
– Eileen Cook, bestselling author of ‘With Malice’

“A richly layered book about love, the tenacity of the human spirit, and our capacity to mend. Darren Groth is a brilliant storyteller.”
– BC Booklook


If you’re in Australia and wish to pre-order Exchange of Heart, you can do so here.

If you’re in Canada/US and wish to pre-order Munro vs. the Coyote, you can do so here.

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