Boys Life

Boy's Life

by Robert McCammon

Carol Donsky Newell: Boys Life, written in the early 90s, has always been one of my favorites and I come back to it many times. McCammon is usually slotted in the genre of "horror," but this mainstream book is magic realism at its best. At the heart of the book is the awakening of a twelve-year-old boy to the secrets and evil in his seemingly idyllic small southern town in the '60s. One of my professors once described the best writing as "painting with words" and McCammon's pages are filled with lovely painted words. The book is a well plotted murder mystery as well as a story about the relationship between a father and his son. It is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderous magic and, below the surface, horrifying plots. This is a book you don't want to end--and it's over 500 pages---and once it is ended, you want to read it again and again..
Rating: *****

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