Ordinary Boy

Ordinary Boy

by Stacey Longo


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Ordinary Boy by Stacey Longo

My name is Curtis Price. Until my extraordinary death, I lived an ordinary life in the poor side of town in Osprey Falls, Maine, with my mother and older sister. I am the boy that nobody sees, ignored in the shadows of the hallway. I am the kid that is picked last in gym. I am the student that is never called on in class to answer the question, and, after a while, I stop bothering to raise my hand.

It is not until my stepfather shoots me that I am finally-finally-noticed.

Advanced Praise for Ordinary Boy:

"Ordinary Boy offers an insightful view into the life of a boy growing up under extraordinary circumstances. Its youthful optimism balances the harsh realities of a family's survival in a tale that is bravely human, heartwarming, and devastating."

- Ursula Wong author of Purple Trees

"In Ordinary Boy, Stacey Longo creates poignancy and meaning out of all the pangs of youth, the horrors and minor joys. With deft touches, she portrays a struggle that pulls us into the story. An excellent and absorbing tale of growing up without special privileges or abilities, just a daily striving against a lousy hand that fate has dealt."
~ Dale T. Phillips, author of the Zack Taylor mysteries

"Ordinary Boy sounds the depths of youth, adolescence, and young adulthood in a voice at once deft and ghostly and heartbreaking. Huck Finn, Nick Adams, Holden Caulfield-they all would've 'got' Curtis Price perfectly."
~ David Daniel, author of Reunion and White Rabbit

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692352823
Publisher: Dark Alley Press
Publication date: 01/26/2015
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Stacey Longo is the author of My Sister the Zombie and Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Shroud, Shock Totem, and the Litchfield Literary Review. A former humor columnist for the Block Island Times, she maintains a weekly humor blog at www.staceylongo.com. Longo lives in rural Connecticut.

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Ordinary Boy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, Stacey Longo explores the life of the title character, who has nothing outstanding going for him. And yet the author makes this life compelling, and keeps us interested, a true test of good writing. We are pulled into the minor victories and losses that come as the protagonist struggles with everyday life. Just a kid coping with the hand Fate has given. But one that draws you in, and makes you care.