Little Boy Blues

Little Boy Blues

A Crash Course in Growing up

Book - 2009
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From one of our most astute cultural observers, a piercing memoir about a family's breakup, and about the need to both hold onto and distance ourselves from the people and events that shape us.
North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s: A child surrounded by elderly grandparents, aunts, and uncles, Malcolm Jones finds himself underfoot in a bad marriage. His father, charming but careless about steady work, is often gone from home, often drunk; his mother, a schoolteacher and faded Southern belle, clings to the past while hungering for respectability and stability. Jones vividly describes their faltering marriage as it plays out against larger cracks in society-the convulsions of desegregation and a popular culture that threaten the settled life of his family. But he also recalls idyllic times, and the ordinary, easy moments of an otherwise fraught childhood-each experience offering a portal to someplace else, in himself and in the wider world.
With a rich evocation of time and place, a darkly humorous, often bittersweet candor, and a rare depth of feeling, Jones gives us the fundamental stories of life-where he comes from, who he was, and who he has become.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307377722
0307377725
Characteristics: p. cm.

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LindNor11
Apr 16, 2017

An engaging book describing the author's boyhood and his relationship with his parents, who were struggling with their crumbling marriage, alcoholism, and family and religious pressures to remain a family.

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