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The World of Normal Boys
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Sep.01.2000
  • 9781575666617
  • Kensington Books

K.M. gives an overview of the book:

The time is the late 1970s--an age of gas shortages, head shops and "Saturday Night Fever." The place, suburban New Jersey. At a time when the teenagers around him are coming of age, Robin MacKenzie is coming undone. While "normal boys" are into cars, sports and bullying their classmates, Robin enjoys day trips to New York City with his elegant mother, spinning fantastic tales for her amusement in an intimate ritual he has come to love. He dutifully plays the role of the good son for his meat-and-potatoes father, even as his own mind is a jumble of sexual confusion and painful self-doubt. But everything changes in one, horrifying instant when a tragic accident wakes his family from their middle-American dream and plunges them into a spiral of slow destruction.
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The time is the late 1970s--an age of gas shortages, head shops and "Saturday Night Fever." The place, suburban New Jersey. At a time when the teenagers around him are coming of age, Robin MacKenzie is coming undone. While "normal boys" are into cars, sports and bullying their classmates, Robin enjoys day trips to New York City with his elegant mother, spinning fantastic tales for her amusement in an intimate ritual he has come to love. He dutifully plays the role of the good son for his meat-and-potatoes father, even as his own mind is a jumble of sexual confusion and painful self-doubt. But everything changes in one, horrifying instant when a tragic accident wakes his family from their middle-American dream and plunges them into a spiral of slow destruction.

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About K.M.

K.M. Soehnlein is author of The World of Normal Boys (2000), which won the Lambda Literary Award and has been optioned for film by San Francisco directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (tellingpictures.com); and You Can Say You Knew Me When (2005). His...

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Published Reviews

Jan.15.2008

In "You Can Say You Knew Me When," K.M. Soehnlein's engaging new novel, Jamie Garner returns from his father's funeral to his childhood home in Greenlawn (the same New Jersey...

Jan.15.2008

...Soehnlein makes the familiar strange.