Desert Boys

Desert Boys

Book - 2016
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"In the tradition of startling debuts such as We, the Animals by Justin Torres, Desert Boys follows the life of Daley Kushner, growing up, coming out, and grappling with the remnants of his childhood in California's Mojave Desert. This series of powerful, linked stories illuminates Daley's world--the family, friends, and community that have both formed and constrained him, and his new life in San Francisco. Back home, the desert preys on those who cannot conform: an alfalfa farmer on the outskirts of town; two young girls whose curiosity leads to danger; a black politician who once served as his school's Confederate mascot; Daley's mother, an immigrant from Armenia; and Daley himself, introspective and queer. Meanwhile, in another desert on the other side of the world, war threatens to fracture Daley's most meaningful--and most fraught--connection to home, his friendship with Robert Karinger. Desert Boys traces the development of towns into cities, of boys into men, and the haunting effects produced when the two transformations overlap. Both a bildungsroman and a portrait of a changing place, the book mines the terrain between the desire to escape and the hunger to belong"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250075505
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm


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DBRL_KrisA Jan 18, 2017

The narrator of this collection of short stories is gay, but this is not an LGBT book. The stories are about relationships, especially family relationships, about hometowns, about recognizing that people are imperfect, and that those you love are these imperfect people, that they will disappoint you and you will disappoint them, but you will still love each other.


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