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The author's other book, A Confederacy of Dunces, won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize. The present work was written for a literary contest when Toole was only sixteen; thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after the author's suicide at thirty-one, it was published. It is the story of an adolescent boy who finds the courage to make the decisions to change his life. 162p. Pap.

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This youthful novel was the only substantial writing left by Toole, who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for his modern comic classic, A Confederacy of Dunces (he killed himself in 1969). Court action has finally cleared the way for publication of the present work, written when Toole was just 16 and left in pieces to his heirs. While far from the masterpiece Toole would write later in his life, this story of a poor boy growing up in a small, claustrophobic, closed-minded Southern town in the 1940s, is an astonishing accomplishment for an adolescent. Narrator David lives with his mother, who is never fully herself after his father dies in World War II, and his gaudy Aunt Mae, a bleached-blonde roadhouse singer in her 60s. The story is familiar and believable, a tantalizing reminder of the talent that has been lost. It deserves a wide audience.-- Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va. Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.

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