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Stories and a Novella

David Lloyd

Paper $9.95    |    0-8156-0841-1    |   2005

Set in 1966, these stories re-create the world of lower-middle-class adolescent boys coming of age in upstate New York.

"Spare, simple stories that accrue winningly, reminding us of the Machiavellian complexities of childhood, and its occasional quiet victories"
dash George Saunders

"Lloyd captures the simultaneously singular and universal conflicts in the lives of adolescent boys in a collection of stories set in upstate New York in 1966. In spare, direct prose, Lloyd depicts scenes that frequently skirt the edge of danger, both social and physical. . . . These quiet, sometimes chilling stories remind us of childhood's unique travails and prove Lloyd to be a writer with a unique insight into the world."
dash Publishers Weekly

"Lloyd often writes with a teen's precise detachment, and his shifting perspectives, including some adult viewpoints, reexamine traditional school roles of bully, victim, eccentric, jock, and 'the slow one.' Sharply observed, these are stories filled with scenes both mundane and shocking that capture those strange, private moments of shame, fear, pride, and creativitydashmoments that become the secrets we rarely tell. A memorable debut."
dash Booklist

"Lloyd has carefully unpicked the fine weave that is adolescence into co-existing strands of narrative that radiate their own painful and joyful truths"
dash New Welsh Review

David Lloyd is director of the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, and the author of two books of poetry: The Everyday Apocalypse and The Gospel According to Frank. He has received the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award.

5 x 7 1/2, 192 pages

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