Roy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Surrounding him--whether to support him or to drag him under--is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of imagination. Here are charlatans, operators, alien abductees, schoolyard nudists, and fast girls with only months to live. At the center of it all is a boy learning to navigate the compromises, disillusionments and regrets that come with the territory of living. Mixing memoir and invention, the forty-one short stories in Barry Gifford's first book for young adults bring a city--and a boy's growing consciousness--to vivid, unflinching life.
About the Author
Barry Gifford is the author of over twenty-five books. His work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and screenplays and has been translated into more than seventeen languages. His novel, Wild at Heart was made into an award winning film by David Lynch. It was the first of six interlocking novels which follow the crazy adventures of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, referred to as "the most likeable, sex-driven, star-crossed lovers that you are ever likely to meet." Gifford's writing has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers and his books have received awards from PEN, the NEA, the Art Directors club of New York, the American Library Association, and the Premio Brancati, Italy's national book award. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.