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Book Title: The Boys of My Youth|
The author of the book: Jo Ann Beard
Edition: Little Brown and Company
Date of issue: December 19th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780316085540
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In thirteen personal narratives -- so evocative and emotionally resonant that the New Yorker showcased one in their fiction issue -- a compelling new writer summons up a lifetime of romantic awakening and disillusion.Growing up in a tightly knit clan of mothers, sisters, and girlfriends, Beard found herself irresistibly attracted to dangerous neighborhood boys and friendly barflies. In "Cousins", Beard and a cousin pursue youthful romance with reckless exuberance. Soon enough, though, amusing transgressions give way to actual tragedies and adult betrayals. In "Out There", a road trip to escape a disloyal husband leads to a slobbering psychopath; in the title story, two old friends, stumbling away from ruined marriages, remember the darkest moments of abandonment, but also the thrilling momentum of a car doing ninety and the strange allure of teenage basketball players. In the end, they realize that in matters of the heart, nothing much, yet somehow everything, has changed.
Writing with perfect pitch, Beard captures the collision of youthful longing and the hard intransigence of time and fate like no other writer. Poignant, humorous, and filled with unforgettable incidents, sharply etched characters, and epiphanies, The Bays of My Youth heralds the arrival of an immensely gifted and original writer.
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Read information about the authorJo Ann Beard is the author of a collection of autobiographical essays, The Boys of My Youth. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Essays, and other magazines and anthologies. She received a Whiting Foundation Award and nonfiction fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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