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American Youth (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 20/03/2008
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In this taut and powerful novel, a young teenager is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident at his home. Coerced by his mother to lie about his role in the incident, he finds he has nonetheless earned the admiration of a sinister group of boys at his school - calling themselves 'American Youth', they subscribe to a twisted notion of traditional, puritanical values. As he gets sucked into their orbit, and entangled with the girlfriend of the group's leader, he struggles to hold on to a sense of right and wrong.

Set in a New England town riven by social and ideological tensions - as newcomers encroach on an old rural culture - this is a classic portrait of a boy's rites of passage in an America ill at ease with itself.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340938041
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Phil LaMarche's superbly edgy portrait of individual infighting and a community's uneasy, prideful attitude towards gun culture and nationhood produces a brief, yet spacious novel. His future as a writer aches with possibility.' * Guardian *
'Startling...superbly written...An understated portrait of a darkly divided America, it's as piercing and deadly as a bullet.' * Metro *
'Impressive...LaMarche promises much for the future' * Literary Review *
'Savagely beautiful, emotionally devastating...nothing less than a masterpiece' * Jerry Stahl, Los Angeles Times *

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