"With A Boy's Own Story American literature is larger by one classic novel."
-The Washington Post Book World
"Edmund White has crossed J. D. Salinger with Oscar Wilde to create an extraordinary novel."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Every so often a novel comes along that is so ambitious in its intention and so confident of its voice that it reminds us what a singular and potent thing a novel can be. One of these is A Boy's Own Story."
-San Francisco Chronicle
First published in 1982, White's semi-autobiographical novel became an instant classic. It is regarded as one of the most searing and glorious evocations of a child on the brink of maturity. Set on the hot streets and cool lawns of 50s America, A Boy's Own Story is a troubled elegy to adolescence. The narrator, in love with and fearful of his distant father and erratic mother, searches for love and adventure in the affluent homes and exotic backstreets of his town. He longs for the delights of maturity, while absorbing the loneliness and bruised desires of the adults around him. White's exhilarating, intimate and honest account will haunt the child's soul in every reader.
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