What Should We Do about Davey?

What Should We Do about Davey?

by Julius Fast

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Body Language suggests his own adolescent-era fantasies about body language in this sophomoric first novel about a Jewish teenager growing up in Manhattan's Washington Heights section during the '30s. David Quinn, on the surface at least, is a youth out of step with his peers. He loses his delivery jobs with frequency. He commits so many minor infractions in French class that he is sentenced to virtually permanent detention. Subliminally, though, he is the epitome of every 16-year-old boy's fantasies: a lanky blond who gets seduced by a married woman, a nurse and even the librarians at the branch where he had thought he had finally found a suitable job. So what to do about Davey the loser? Send him off to summer camp, where he can achieve maturity, aplomb and respect as a waiterin the company of of a bunch of pretentious, foul-mouthed squirts. Fast occasionally makes Davey agreeable and his father, a widower, a wise and sympathetic character. More often, though, he seems to be spinning Davey's sexual fantasies merely for their prurient appeal. (March)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA A 16-year-old Jewish boy living in Manhattan in 1936 loses a series of after- school jobs because an older woman se duces him. Davey gets a fresh viewpoint on life when he leaves the city to work at a boys' camp in the Catskills. He becomes a father figure for a young camper, forges friendship which had been missing in his city life, and begins to nurture an inher ent talent for storytelling. All summer, he wrestles with the implications of mas querading as the camp's token gentile. The resolution of this dilemma, as well as his heroics during a flood, earn him re spect from all. Classic coming-of-age themes are developed here through live ly use of characters, action, and setting. Davey, his immigrant father, and the Camp Harel folks join the warm and funny crowd of other ever-popular Jew ish fictional characters in novels such as Majorie Morningstar (Doubleday, 1955) or Goodbye Columbus (Houghton, 1959). Keddy Outlaw, Harris County Public Library, Houston

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