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Se This book was NOT okay. Readers are left to decide whether Nathan is killed or not, as he is seen returning to town and finding Roy. The author leaves the real ending up to your interpretation.

Read more Read less. Actually, I felt extremely cheated and angry that the author would grimslej such a thing. What makes the novel so powerful and it is powerful is the haunting sense of doom that hangs over every moment: I was outraged by the adults in this book – the abuser father, the mother who by her silence collaborated in this abuse and all those people who didn’t see or perhaps couldn’t have seen the abused teenager in their midst.

That is what life can be for some people. A book where pedophilia and homosexual love are intertwined.

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The book’s power derives not merely from the fairly simple, straightf For me, along with Marilyne Gri,sley Housekeepingthis book is the most beautifully written, heartfelt I have ever read. Universe and Other Plays ,was published by Algonquin Books inand was a Lambda finalist for drama.

This distance mirrors the same distance that Nathan needs to be able to survive what he has been through. I didn’t really expect it to affect me so much; I guess I never imagined it would matter that much, it was supposed to be just another book I had been meaning to read for some time and only now I was getting myself to do it.


After all, what the author did with the narrative voice there isn’t unheard of. And now, I am left with the jm The writing is excellent, well worth five stars or more, but I just didn’t enjoy the story so I couldn’t give it more stars.

Then it moves into this haunting scenes, slowly reaches the tense climax. Although Roy is two years ahead of Nathan, Nathan becomes Roy’s tutor andalmost simultaneouslyhis lover. I heard about it on NPR; the commentator, a gay man, said he wished he had had this book when he was a teenager, because it would have told him he was not alone.

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Like seriously, who fucks inside a mansion? I’ve given it to friends more times than I can count. This surreal feeling left me unsure what to think, what to believe. Roy and Nathan are neighbors and the attraction is immediate and profound.

Dec 08, Major English Laura rated it did not like it. The first half a beautiful coming-of-age love story, with writing so sensitive and evocative that I grinsley on every word.

This is a Southern voice at its best. The writing in this book is beautiful. I wish the author had given us something to understand why Burke does what he does.

Aug 30, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: But not as uncomfortable as the abusing dad! To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The novel addresses the conflicts that both boys feel between their religion and their desires.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. My preferred take is the one I’m going to try and take with me. So, there is that.

Roy helps Nathan to survive. I guess I’ll have to pay more attention into reviews next time. Leave now because it has a number of Spoilers.

If I could write a novel like that, I would die at peace with myself. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone, but for me it was pretty clear.

The book’s power derives not merely from the fairly simple, straightforward story, but from the writing itself which is positively transcendent. Roy being able to see and talk to his ghost is a little weird but I felt the rest of the book made perfect sense. Have a nice day. Feb 28, Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing Recommended to Grimsleey by: Nov 17, Timothy Urges rated it it was amazing.

Revised and Complete Edition. Published January 30th by Touchstone Books first published The book ends with Nathan leaving the abandoned house and finding Roy.

I can relate to almost every aspect of the story. A great work of love, abuse, and loss told by a master craftsman. It’s not the first I read of its kind, but it was definitely unique.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The country biy is haunted with memories of the courtship between the boys, and near the creekbed they look at each other.