Boy by Brent StaalduinenBoy by Brent Staalduinen


byBrent Staalduinen

Paperback | May 30, 2020

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A magic-tinged, coming-of-age novel about future plans conflicting with a complicated past and the inescapable present.

Boy's final year of high school is unraveling. Fast. He had it all worked out, from crushing his final exams to military school to a career in the air force. But his family's tragic past and its complicated present have caught up to him, and his marks are slipping, jeopardizing all of his plans.

When Boy befriends Mara, a homeless man who can seemingly stop and restart time at will, he has to weigh his family's needs and his own conscience against the potential contained within Mara's mysterious and powerful gift. And he soon realizes the hardest truths about time: the past can't be undone, memories are as fragile as moments, and the future rarely turns out like we think it will.
Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novel Saints, Unexpected. He is the winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize, Fiddlehead's Best Short Fiction Award, and the Lush Triumphant Literary Award. Brent lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Title:BoyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 30, 2020Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459745884

ISBN - 13:9781459745889


Editorial Reviews

A mesmerizing coming of age story that manages to be both magical and intensely real. Boy takes readers on a journey of personal growth in the face of at-times frightening and mysterious obstacles. Pressures in Boy's life multiply. His family and friends aren't always there to be relied upon. His plans for the future are darkened with doubt. But for all the very real challenges - as well as those that seem to emerge from a shadowy world beyond - Boy finds always the dignity, the essential decency he needs to continue. Here is a novel that brilliantly illustrates what Friedrich Holderlin long ago wrote: Where danger threatens, that which saves from it also grows. - Timothy Taylor, author of The Rule of Stevens