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Boys of Alabama

| Liveright Pub Corp | 5/19/2020

ISBN-10 : F242631724   ISBN-13 : 9781631496295   List Price : $26.95

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In this bewitching debut novel, a sensitive teen, newly arrived in Alabama, falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. While his German parents don?t know what to make of a South pining for the past, shy Max thrives in the thick heat. Taken in by the football team, he learns how to catch a spiraling ball, how to point a gun, and how to hide his innermost secrets.Max already expects some of the raucous behavior of his new, American friends?like their insatiable hunger for the fried and cheesy, and their locker room talk about girls. But he doesn?t expect the comradery?or how quickly he would be welcomed into their world of basement beer drinking. In his new canvas pants and thickening muscles, Max feels like he?s ?playing dress-up.? That is until he meets Pan, the school ?witch,? in Physics class: ?Pan in his all black. Pan with his goth choker and the gel that made his hair go straight up.? Suddenly, Max feels seen, and the pair embarks on a consuming relationship: Max tells Pan about his supernatural powers, and Pan tells Max about the snake poison initiations of the local church. The boys, however, aren?t sure whose past is darker, and what is more frightening?their true selves, or staying true in Alabama.Red ClocksBoys of Alabama

Thriving in his new Alabama home, a sensitive German teen pursues a relationship with a pangender classmate before the realities of the postwar South challenge their perspectives on identity. A first novel by the author of Pretend We Live Here.

"In this haunting debut novel from Lambda Award finalist Genevieve Hudson, a young German transplant falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. A queer coming-of-age told with magical realism, Boys of Alabama guides us through 16-year-old Max's first year in America. Conflicted about leaving Germany, Max is in awe of his new "home" - here, the heat is thick, the food is grossly delicious, and football and religion-seemingly intertwined-permeate everything. While his parents don't know what to make of an Ameircan South pining for the "good ol' days," or the people who live there, shy Max thrives-he makes the football team, goes to church for the first time, and even makes friends. When Max meets Pan in Chemistry class, they embark on a quixotic, strange, and consuming relationship. They tell each other their secrets; Max tells Pan about his witchy powers, Pan tells Max about the snake poison initiations of a local church. But the boys aren't sure whose secrets are darker, or what is more frightening - their true selves, or staying true in an intolerant Alabama. Written in atmospheric, propulsive prose, Boys of Alabama is an evocative and urgent novel of young love, identity, faith, and the dangers of each"--

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1631496298
  • ISBN-13: 9781631496295
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 272.01 (d)
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