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Lyrical, luminous, heartbreakingly comic, Eli Gottlieb's brashly original tale of a lost summer in 1967 was selected as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review and praised by The Los Angeles Times as "an excellent novel...moving" when it was first published in hardcover by St. Martin's Press in January 1997. We hope you will join bn.com in welcoming this virtuoso new talent in American fiction to chat about The Boy Who Went Away, just rereleased by Bantam in a trade paperback edition.
Denny Graubart lives in a world of manicured lawns and whispering sprinklers, of nice families with new cars and cleanly swept driveways. But behind this facade of normality, Denny faces a very different world. He's already seen glimpses of truth on TV, where a war in a far-off place called Vietnam rages. Yet it is to discover the secrets closer to home that Denny becomes a spy in his own household. He steams open the mail, taps the phone, listens at his parents' bedroom door. A teenager who considers himself a "highly skilled intelligence operative," he knows his mother is dressing up in the afternoons to meet a lover, he knows his father has started drinking, and he knows the desperate measures his mother will take to keep his autistic brother out of an institution.
In the literary tradition of Catcher in the Rye, The Boy Who Went Away depicts the emotional chaos that characterizes the transition into adolescence. Chronicling the slow deterioration of his family, Denny Graubart faces his teenage years with courage and insight, looking forlove,learning about sex, and searching for the truth about the family he thought he knew. What he finds on the far side will touch you to the core.