The End of Boys

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Peter Hoffmeister was a nervous child who ran away repeatedly and bit his fingernails until they bled. Home-schooled until the age of fourteen, he had only to deal with his parents and siblings on a daily basis, yet even that sometimes proved too much for him. Over the years, he watched his mother disintegrate into her own form of mania, while his father—a scholar and doctor who had once played semi-pro baseball—was strict and pushed Peter particularly hard. He wanted only the best from his son but in the process...

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Overview

Peter Hoffmeister was a nervous child who ran away repeatedly and bit his fingernails until they bled. Home-schooled until the age of fourteen, he had only to deal with his parents and siblings on a daily basis, yet even that sometimes proved too much for him. Over the years, he watched his mother disintegrate into her own form of mania, while his father—a scholar and doctor who had once played semi-pro baseball—was strict and pushed Peter particularly hard. He wanted only the best from his son but in the process taught Peter to expect only the worst from himself. In the midst of his chaotic home life, Peter began to hear a voice—an insistent, monotone that would periodically dictate his actions. When Peter finally entered public school he started to break free from his father’s control—only to fall sway to the voice more and more. His obsessive-compulsive behavior morphed into ruthless competition in sports and, ultimately, into lies, violence, and drugs.

The End of Boys follows Hoffmeister to the very brink of sanity and back, in a harrowing and heartbreaking account of the trauma of adolescence and the redemption available to us all, if only we choose to find it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593764203
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 951,419
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brown Hoffmeister is a writer, teacher, and rock climber. He lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Cat 1

Chapter 2 Family Science 10

Chapter 3 Infection 14

Chapter 4 Running Away 22

Chapter 5 Church Rules 30

Chapter 6 Coop 37

Chapter 7 Woodbridge Prep 41

Chapter 8 Cross-Country 46

Chapter 9 Christmas 57

Chapter 10 Selling Ben Out 59

Chapter 11 Expelled 61

Chapter 12 The Letter 71

Chapter 13 Tennessee 74

Chapter 14 Chung Seoul 83

Chapter 15 Tong Seng 87

Chapter 16 Maria 96

Chapter 17 The Plan 106

Chapter 18 The Cemetery 108

Chapter 19 My Grandparents' House 115

Chapter 20 Letterman 116

Chapter 21 Darkness in the Afternoon 122

Chapter 22 The Shoulder 131

Chapter 23 Expulsion Number Three 134

Chapter 24 Life Challenge 143

Chapter 25 Hitchhiking 150

Chapter 26 Dallas 165

Chapter 27 A New Day 176

Chapter 28 Home 178

Chapter 29 Life of the Painted Bird 180

Chapter 30 Gun Incidents 183

Chapter 31 The Lord Giveth 189

Chapter 32 A Mentor 192

Chapter 33 The End of Boys 199

Afterword 207

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    Brutally Blunt

    Read on November 20, 2012 — I own a copy

    Painful, revealing, brutal...Peter Hoffmeister has shared his sad and twisted story of growing up in a supremely dysfunctional family with an overbearing, powerful father and a mother who seems to disappear into herself. It is made all the more impressive, because it is TRUE and this gifted author came through, if not completely intact, at least strong and content in his own self-worth.

    Surviving isolation from the world, drug dependency, and an emotional wasteland, this author has the strength to share his story in an often bleak and gritty style that rips you up from the inside out. That he is a strong survivor is nothing short of miraculous.

    If you are looking for a book that will stick with you long after that last page, this is it.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Brilliant Memoir, Great Read

    I am so impressed by this book. It is a compelling memoir of a troubled youth whose life, from the outside, must have looked very normal, even privileged. From the inside it was something else again. Hoffmeister writes in a gritty, unsentimental style about a life that a lesser writer (and person!) might have used to buy sympathy or pity. Not here. This boy isn't entirely likeable, but somehow, without excuse or apology, the writer makes you care, and reveals insights that resonate long after the reading. I found myself looking at "street" kids much differently after reading End of Boys, seeing people I might never have noticed. End of Boys is about a journey, but also about redemption and how this lost boy found his way. A fast read,yet deep in resonance and meaning, I read it in two sittings. Literally, couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Beautiful, raw, and sad all in one book! LOVE THIS BOOK!

    I bought 4 copies and mailed 3 out as gifts. I have been trying to spread the word about this book, which is Peter Hoffmeisters first published work. I finished it last weekend in just two nights and it is amazing!!! I love how real it reads and how it puts you right into the characters mind (Peter's). It's beautiful, raw, sad, disturbing and wonderful all in one. LOVE it! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Superb book from a new author

    This book is filled with great imagery, dark and revealing and expertly crafted. I must admit I related to this story all too well, and I found myself reliving memories I had managed to put away long ago. One of my favorite quotes: "At night when I am alone, the machine comes suddenly like an old relative. The machine moves in, settles, unpacks its suitcases in the closet, hangs coats on the bedroom hooks. The machine moves in with its monotone." I found this to be a very satisfying read. I loved the writing style and the images the author created.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Fantastic

    Could't put my Nook down, finding excuses to read a few pages here and there throughout my day. Finished it in under 24 hours.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Very well written

    Its a great read!

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