One of the Boys

One of the Boys

Large Print - 2017
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"A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father--One of the Boys is 160 perfect, stunning pages by a major new talent"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432841416
Branch Call Number: Fiction Magariel Large Type
Characteristics: 323 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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The “war” between the divorced couple was over, and the boys’ father won. He pitted his two sons against their mother, lied to CPS, and left Kansas for new start in Albuquerque with plenty of baggage: his drug addiction, his mood swings, his violent temper, his wicked belt. The boys were the lose... Read More »

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May 18, 2017

Very scary and disturbing story...but so well written that I couldn't put it down. Not the kind of book I usually read (i.e., children in peril) but this one caught me. I picked it up because it had a good recommendation by George Saunders, but now I will look forward to both Mr. Saunders' and Mr. Magariel's next books.

May 11, 2017

This was a really good story with characters you really want to unpack, but Magariel -- I'm sure for some reason -- left the characters a bit flat. I wanted to know so much more about this fractured family. The relationship between the two brothers is heartbreakingly real if you know what it's like to protect a sibling or be protected by one from familial abuse. The back-and-forth relationship with their absent mother is mystifying, alluring -- but remains a dropped thread by the end of the book. A bit more tightness in plot and character development would've made this a solid 4-star affair.

However, Magariel's writing is something to be enjoyed and savoured. It veers from conversational and observational to poetry, sometimes so seamlessly it leaves you astounded. I re-read certain parts to the point of tears, then moved on for "plot development" :) Sometimes I get so hung up on how a writer writes, that the story stops mattering.

But now let me tell you why I'm giving this 4 stars, despite its foibles. One, Magariel's writing. Two, I can complain about minor details all I want, but the fact is, I was in a mishap this week that's interfering with my usual activities, but I had to finish reading this book. My hands are sore and swollen, I can't hold the hardcover I got from the library, so I finished reading the eBook copy on my iMac. Praise good stories.

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