Boy's Life

Boy's Life

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Don't miss the thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling award-winning author Robert McCammon, in a book that Publishers Weekly calls "both a mystery that will satisfy the most finicky aficionado and a boisterous travelogue."

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson--a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake--and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible vision of death that will haunt him forever.

As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that are manifested in Zephyr. From an ancient, mystical woman who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown--for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Star Books, 1992.
ISBN: 9780671743055
0671743058
Branch Call Number: PS3563.C3345 B6 1992
MYSTERY McCammon Robert
Characteristics: 580 p. ;,18 cm.

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A coming-of-age story set in a small Alabama town in the 1960s involves death, race, and a bit of magic. This won the World Fantasy Award in 1992.


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McCammon's ode to boyhood is full of the richness and life that is experienced best by a child teetering on the brink of adulthood but still full of the spark of magic that only comes from innocence. It is at its most powerful as the boy discovers that there are monsters in this world worse than any your imagination could create. How we overcome them is what defines our character.

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Joeybiomaster
Oct 29, 2017

This was a beautiful and amazing book, I thought I was going to give it a 4 and smiled to myself when I saw I had clicked 5 stars.
This book gave me a better understanding of rural America in the 1960s and I was surprised to see race was addressed in this book. I think President Trump should read this book, even though it was published in 1990, Cory’s dad says the KKK “are a bunch of scared people who want to turn time backward.” That phrase has a strong resonance with “Make America Great Again.”
I loved the writing style, the story was written by a poet with the soul of a child.

nyneelie Dec 31, 2014

I truly hated to finish this book.
Definitely, a page turner.
From the days of innocence passed,
through the eyes of inquisitive young boys, a terrific read.
You'll thank me ;)

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vanfanivan
Aug 09, 2011

This is my absolute favorite book ever. I have read it nearly once a year. I laughed and I cried and it ended and I just wanted more.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 22, 2009

Surreal. Modern age fairy tale with teeth.

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