Kief Hillsbery War Boy

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War Boy

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Kief Hillsbery's War Boy is a transcendent literary feat. Told from the perspective of a deaf-mut teenager an charged with the feavered intensity of youth, it is a brilliant evocation of the search for family that will forever alter your perception of what it means to connect.

Fleeing an abusive father, fourteen-year-old Radboy takes to the road with Jonnyboy, and older friend and mentor who has become the only person he believes he can trust. On the bus headed out of town they hook up with Finn and Critter, a couple of speed-freak boyfriends who take a shine to both of them. They also meet Ula, who is mourning the death of her fiance and taking a trip across the United States in his memory. The five become fast allies, united by persoinal loss and by the allure of intimacy only friends in the throes of conflict can understand. When Jonnyboy drops out of sight, Radboy stays behind in San Francisco, where the underground world he has been introduced to inspires his own burgeoning sexual and emotional desires.

Radboy's freinds rally around him, putting their restless energy to use in a scheme to destroy a company that is ravaging the redwood forests. But their plans, fueled as much by drugs and paranoia as good intentions, go horribly wrong, and the violent events that ensue bring a powerful awakening for Radboy, one that he never set out to experience.

As hard-edged as it is emotionally authentic, War Boy is pure literary adrenaline--an utterly engrossing reading experience from a major new voice.

Fleeing an abusive father, fourteen-year-old Radboy takes to the road with Johnnyboy, an older friend and mentor who has become the only person he believes he can trust. On the bus headed out of town they hook up with Finn and Critter, a couple of speed-freak boyfriends who take a shine to both of them. They also meet Ula, who is mourning the death of her fiance and taking a trip across the United States in his memory. The five become fast allies, united by personal loss and by the allure of intimacy only friends in the throes of conflict can understand. When Jonnyboy drops out of sight, Radboy stays behind in San Francisco, where the underground world he has been introduced to inspires his own burgeoning sexual and emotional desires.

Radboy's friends rally around him, putting their restless energy to use on a scheme to destroy a company that is ravaging the redwood forests. But their plans, fueled as much by drugs and paranoia as good intentions, go horribly wrong, and the violent events that ensue bring a powerful awakening for Radboy, one that he never set out to experience.

As hard-edged as it is emotionally authentic, WAR BOY is pure literary adrenaline--an utterly engrossing reading experience from a major new voice.Fleeing an abusive father, fourteen-year-old Radboy takes to the road with Johnnyboy, an older friend and mentor who has become the only person he believes he can trust. On the bus headed out of town they hook up with Finn and Critter, a couple of speed-freak boyfriends who take a shine to both of them. They also meet Ula, who is mourning the death of her fiance and taking a trip across the United States in his memory. The five become fast allies, united by personal loss and by the allure of intimacy only friends in the throes of conflict can understand. When Jonnyboy drops out of sight, Radboy stays behind in San Francisco, where the underground world he has been introduced to inspires his own burgeoning sexual and emotional desires.

Radboy's friends rally around him, putting their restless energy to use on a scheme to destroy a company that is ravaging the redwood forests. But their plans, fueled as much by drugs and paranoia as good intentions, go horribly wrong, and the violent events that ensue bring a powerful awakening for Radboy, one that he never set out to experience.

As hard-edged as it is emotionally authentic, WAR BOY is pure literary adrenaline--an utterly engrossing reading experience from a major new voice.

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About the Author:

Kief Hillsbery was born in Portland, Oregon, and is a raduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His feature articles on surfing, skateboarding, and rock climbing hav appeared in Rolling Stone, Outside, Mountain Gazette, and other magazines, and he has been a contributing editor and columnist for Outside magazine. War Boy is his first novel.

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Oregon native Hillsbery invests his insider knowledge of West Coast subcultures in his energetic debut novel. His narrator, Radboy, is a 14-year-old deaf skateboarder with serious family trouble: his father murdered his mother, got away with it and now wants to do away with his son. Radboy is rescued by his superskater friend, Jonnyboy, who's a decade older, and who inflicts maximum punishment on Radboy's dad. Soon the two escape hometown Monterey and are off to San Francisco. Radboy knows Jonnyboy is "kweer" but doesn't know whether that makes him nervous or jealous, especially when Jonnyboy takes up with a singer named Rourke. The "boyz" also befriend Ula, an eco-radical Swedish nurse, whose sister has been hurt in a bomb attack. Irish skinhead Finn and his lover, Critter, are both crackheads, but they offer their pad for Radboy and Jonnyboy to crash in. Even though Jonnyboy disappears with Rourke, Radboy knows the drug den is better than going into a foster or a boy's home. Radboy comes off cool with his hyper, quickly jotted vernacular: "kewl with a k," he likes to say on paper to his fast friends. But he acts tougher than the smart but vulnerable child he is. Eventually, the young hero and his crew embark on an ambitious scheme to bomb an anti-environment corporation. It turns out, however, that crackheads don't make the most effective political terrorists. The"Nocal" post-punk atmosphere, which embraces anarchist violence, Green politics, "grrl power" and hard-core drugs as blithely as it worships "underground" heroes Kurt Cobain and Lou Reed, can be grating with its forced edginess, but against the novel's hard-core heart stands Radboy's decency and will to survive. 5-city author tour. (Apr.)
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