Synopses & Reviews
Part Portnoy, part Holden Caulfield, never less than truthful, and always fully human. Noah York is a touching and unforgettable character readers won't soon forget. Meet seventeen-year-old Noah York, the hilariously profane, searingly honest, completely engaging narrator of Bart Yates's astonishing debut novel. With a mouth like a truck driver and eyes that see through the lies of the world, Noah is heading into a life that's only getting more complicated by the day. His dead father is fading into a snapshot memory. His mother, the famous psycho-poet, has relocated them from Chicago to a rural New England town that looks like an advertisement for small-town America--a bad advertisement. And now, the very house he lives in is coming apart at the seams--literally--torn down bit by bit as he and his mother renovate the old Victorian. But deep within the walls lie secrets from a previous life--mason jars stuffed with bits of clothing, scraps of writing, old photographs--disturbing clues to the mysterious existence of a woman who disappeared decades before. While his mother grows more obsessed and unsettled by the discovery of these homemade reliquaries. Noah fights his own troubling obsession with the boy next door, the enigmatic J.D. It is J.D. who begins to quietly anchor Noah to his new life. Soon, the boys' tentative attraction to each other blossoms into a very real love, one that will shatter the manicured faade of small-town civility and reveal the cruelties and betrayals hiding carefully behind the emotional walls constructed by husbands and wives, mothers and sons, friends and neighbors.
- Will appeal to fans of the 2000 Lambda Literary Award winning The World of Normal Boys by K. M. Soehnlein (Kensington 9/00).