The End of Boys

The End of Boys

by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
The End of Boys

The End of Boys

by Peter Brown Hoffmeister


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A powerful memoir “about a difficult childhood . . . tough stuff, honest and real”—The Oregonian

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.

“Peter Brown Hoffmeister calls every sense into play, providing rich imagery, grounded reflection, and the tension inherent in a coming-of-age tale in which drugs, violence, and a genetic tendency toward OCD conspire.” —Los Angeles Review

“The End of Boys takes no prisoners with its gritty, entrancing realism . . . a chilling and captivating read . . . a voice that is refreshingly new.” —Eugene Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593764203
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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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