9781250075505

Desert Boys Fiction

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250075505

  • ISBN10:

    1250075505

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/3/2016
  • Publisher: Picador

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Summary

A VIVID AND ASSURED WORK OF FICTION FROM A MAJOR NEW VOICE FOLLOWING THE LIFE OF A YOUNG MAN GROWING UP, LEAVING HOME, AND COMING BACK AGAIN, MARKED BY THE STARK BEAUTY OF CALIFORNIA'S MOJAVE DESERT AND THE VARIOUS FATES OF THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY BEHIND.

This series of powerful, intertwining stories illuminates Daley Kushner's world - the family, friends and community that have both formed and constrained him, and his new life in San Francisco. Back home, the desert preys on those who cannot conform: an alfalfa farmer on the outskirts of town; two young girls whose curiosity leads to danger; a black politician who once served as his school's confederate mascot; Daley's mother, an immigrant from Armenia; and Daley himself, introspective and queer. Meanwhile, in another desert on the other side of the world, war threatens to fracture Daley's most meaningful - and most fraught - connection to home, his friendship with Robert Karinger.

A luminous debut, Desert Boys by Chris McCormick traces the development of towns into cities, of boys into men, and the haunting effects produced when the two transformations overlap. Both a bildungsroman and a portrait of a changing place, the book mines the terrain between the desire to escape and the hunger to belong.

Author Biography

Chris McCormick was raised in the Antelope Valley. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.F.A. at the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of two Hopwood Awards. He lives in Ann Arbor.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS



Mother, Godfather, Baby, Priest — 1
The Tallest Trees in the Antelope Valley — 41
My Uncle’s Tenant — 61
Notes for a Spotlight on a Future President — 79
You’re Always a Child When People Talk About Your Future — 103
The Stars Are Faggots, and Other Reasons to Leave — 113
Habibi — 125
The Immigrants — 135
The Costs and Benefits of Desert Agriculture — 163
How to Revise a Play — 183
Shelter — 199
The Missing Antelope of the Antelope Valley — 215

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