Boy in the Water: A Novel

Boy in the Water: A Novel

by Stephen Dobyns
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Boy in the Water: A Novel by Stephen Dobyns

Another bucolic fall in northern New Hampshire, and the semester is under way at Bishop’s Hill Academy. But this year the start of school has been less than tranquil. The new headmaster, Jim Hawthorne, has liberal ideas that the staff find far from welcome; eloquent as he is on the subject of honor, rumor has it he’s taken this job to escape his past. And Hawthorne isn’t the only uneasy newcomer. There’s Jessica Weaver, a stripper at fifteen, and Frank LeBrun, a replacement cook who’s a bit too quick with a dirty joke. All three have secrets to conceal, memories to suppress.
Serene on the surface, the ivy-clad, tree-lined campus gives few clues to the school’s history of special privileges, petty corruptions, and hidden allegiances. And as winter closes in, students, teachers, and staff get an education in savagery and murder. With his uncanny awareness of the intricacies of human nature, the acclaimed author of The Church of Dead Girls once again probes the daily life of an ordinary community to reveal the depths of good and evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142181829
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,243,723
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stephen Dobyns is the author of more than thirty novels and poetry collections, including The Church of Dead Girls, Cold Dog Soup, Cemetery Nights, and The Burn Palace. Among his many honors are a Melville Cane Award, Pushcart Prizes, a National Poetry Series prize, and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His novels have been translated into twenty languages, and his poetry has appeared in the Best American Poems anthology. Dobyns teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College and has taught at the University of Iowa, Sarah Lawrence College, and Syracuse University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand Stephen Dobyns has been writing for a while, but because I had never heard of him before picking up this book, I felt as though I had made a fantastic discovery of a brand new author with an amazing talent for suspense. I literally could not put this book down (much to the chagrin of my family) and upon finishing it, grabbed up another of his books from the library--Church of Dead Girls. I am equally caught up in this second novel. While there are several characters to keep track of in "Boy in the Water", which can at times be difficult to keep track of, he makes each of them so intriguing, you want to know more and more about them. He also keeps the reader engaged by having an action-filled plot, while at the same time spending the time to let the reader get inside the characters minds. If I had one complaint, it was that the epilogue stepped away from the main characters and I would have liked to see some followup with Hawthorne and the future of the school. However, that is a minor complaint. All in all, if you enjoy suspense novels, you'll enjoy Stephen Dobyns' work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book i have ever read i am in 8th grade and kewit middle school and it was so hard to put it down at the end of reading class. this book is for people of all ages from 14-100
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can tell that the author is a good poet by reading this book, but the first half of Boy In The Water was a too gossipy for my tastes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read 'Church of the Dead Girls', I thought to myself ... how can his next novel possibly equal this? Well it did, and the wait was well worth it. You will be on the edge of your seat from cover to cover.