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- Full Title: Trash
- When Written: 2010
- Where Written: Manila, Philippines
- When Published: 2010
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Thriller
- Setting: A fictional city with a large population of impoverished children and a corrupt ruling elite, centering on a landfill called Behala
- Climax: Raphael, Gardo, Rat, and Pia escape to a happy life as fishermen on the beaches of Sampalo.
- Antagonist: Senator Zapanta
- Point of View: First Person (multiple narrators)
Extra Credit for Trash
From Page to Screen. Trash inspired a 2014 movie bearing the same name, with the action relocated to Brazil. At Mulligan’s request, director Stephen Daldry cast three unknowns from a local favela in the lead roles of Raphael, Gardo, and Rat.
Flash Fiction. Mulligan wrote Trash in just 10 days (during which he wrote for 10 hours every day) while living in Manila.