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"
"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
"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 creativitymoments that become the
secrets we rarely tell. A memorable debut."
"Lloyd has carefully unpicked the fine weave that is adolescence into co-existing
strands of narrative that radiate their own painful and joyful truths"
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