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The narrator of the novella, Boys, is a thirteen-year-old Chris, a member of a small gang that includes his two friends, Frank and Joey. The novella poignantly charts Chris's involvement with a girl named Lisa, his fascination with a pornographic magazine, the building of a "boys only" tree house, his traumatized relationships with Frank and Joey, and the disappearance of his sister Jenny. The twelve stories in On Monday proceed chronologically from a Monday to a Tuesday morning. Each story highlights a different character's experiences with parents, friends, teachers, the expectations of others and the expectations of a culture and an era. Characters and settings present in one story reappear in other stories, building upon and heightening the experiences of all of them. In part, an indictment of how American society shapes and misshapes its children. Boys also celebrates the creativity and wonder that are a part of adolescence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815607977
ISBN-10: 0815607970
Format: Hardback
(191mm x 127mm x 25mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Lloyd

David Lloyd is director of the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College. He is the winner of the Maryland Poetry Review 2002 chapbook contest as well as the cowinner of the Poetry Society of America's year 2000 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award.

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