After spending another morning hiding in the clothes hamper eavesdropping on his miserable parents, Bruiser realizes it's time to change his life. It's New York City during the late 1970s, and in the middle of a chilly autumn night he takes to the open road with Darla, a kindred spirit who lives across the alleyway. Their flight from the mounting tensions of home -- an adventure dotted with frightening episodes and surprising revelations -- is a journey in search of liberation and emotional truth.
This is Bruiser's tale in his own words, captured by first-time novelist Ian Chorão with uncanny precision and an ear for the staccato rhythms of childhood consciousness. Refreshingly free of sentimentality, Bruiser confronts the darkness and violence of life even as it illuminates its wonder and sweetness.
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- Washington Square Press |
- 384 pages |
- ISBN 9780743437769 |
- March 2004
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Max is running toward us, across the overgrown grass, swinging a long rope round over his head. On the end is a black cat tied at the neck.
Behind, the line of buildings where we live face us sitting in the park. On the roof of one, a Big Kid leans out. With spray paint he finishes writing on the building's side: WEED ' NATURES WAY OF SAYING HIGH.
Max releases the rope. It goes through the air. The black cat's flopping legs rise up as it falls down toward the grass.
"Damn, Max!" Reid says. "That's nasty!"
"Yeah, Max: nasty!" Jimmy...
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