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City Of Boys Paperback – 5 Aug 1993

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857990234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857990232
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Nugent lives in Evanston, Illinois. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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[From Front Jacket Flap]..... "In the hypnotically frightening world of Beth Nugent's stories - on trains, on Florida beaches, in the city, in suburban kitchens - the reader is astonished witness to events that are stranger than the actors know. Through an arresting use of image, a mood is quickly set - one that is both disturbingly familiar and unknowable.
In 'City of Boys,' the title story, a small-town girl flees home and her domineering mother. She is almost immediately picked up of the streets on New York City by an older woman with whom she has an obsessive love affair. During the summer of 'Locusts.' Susan, not quite sixteen, envies her cousin Francine's sex appeal while she herself carefully maneuvres to avoid the attentions of her middle-aged uncle. A family travels across the Midwest by train in 'Riding into Day' in order to attend a distant relative's wedding. The trip will take three days, and as the journey progresses, long-hidden resentments rise to the surface. 'Another Country' describes Catherine's search to escape her mother's world of gin and boyfriends introduced as 'uncles,' her brother's world of drugs and disease, her crippled neighbor's world of television and nostalgia. She tracks her father and his new family to their house in New Jersey and pays them an unexpected visit. 'Abattoir' tells the story of a brother who tries to protect his sister by convincing her never to leave their apartment. His control over their world begins to falter, however, when he gets a new job at the Safeway. In 'Going,' David drives Anne across Ohio to visit her sister's family.
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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
Excellent, moving, bite-sized short stories about people who fall down the cracks in suburban lives.Easy to read and hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The whole book is worth it for the first story. 8 Mar. 1998
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Format: Paperback
The title story of this book is phenominal. It blew me away. I must admit to being disappointed by the rest of the collection, but that might be because my expectations were moved so high after reading "City of Boys." I bought the book when it was published a few years ago, and I lost it. I came to Amazon to see if it was still in print, and I am pleased to see by its availability that it must be doing fairly well still. I'm going to order it again for that first story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Exposes reader to a rich, strange world. 26 May 1998
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Format: Paperback
Reading this book is like walking on Beacon Hill in Boston, turning into an alley, walking down a cul-de-sac, and finding yourself in a new world. Protagonists are usually women. I never knew what the author was going to say about them next. Even the stories you might consider downers are full of sly humor and neat observations. I can accept these new worlds even though I have never lived in them, and mostly wouldn't want to. My favorites: City of Boys, Locusts. See also the story Cocktail Party in the New Yorker a few years ago.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I stand impressed 1 May 1999
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Format: Paperback
Good lord can this author write. I do a lot of writing and I am very picking about what I deem good writing but Nugent is incredible. Her stories have the perfect balance of prolepsis, irony, and metaphor (sorry but I AM an English major!) But I am also a writer and I feel my own writing is improving from reading her work. She is incredibly gifted and the stories in this book simply blew me away. Hats off to Beth Nugent!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perfect 10 July 1998
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Format: Paperback
Beth Nugent is the writer I have been searching for. Her work is unusual, powerful, dark, and balanced. This collection of short stories is fascinating. From the first sentence, I am reeled in by her prolific fishing line. I highly recommend this book. I love her style. --Julie Bickley
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poetic and dark, but empty 29 Nov. 1998
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It was a very promising book, and the first few pages of the first story engaged me so much I had to buy the book. While the writing was notable and well crafted, nothing touched me. It was as if the author expected that by merely observing dark realities this would automatically make me feel something - she failed to make me really care about any of the characters. The stories made me exhausted and kind of frustrated, because they all held so much promise and yet in the end, were nothing. But these certainly are engaging stories, and remind me of songs that you like but don't love, that are just on the edge of making you feel something, but don't go anywhere.
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