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"What They Did to the Kid" is a memoir spinning as a comic novel for general-fiction readers intrigued by boys' school tales, and baby boomers who "survived Catholic school." Ryan O'Hara, coming of age from 14 to 24, is the wise adolescent narrating readers' entry into the secret culture of 1950's altar boys who go to the seminary, meet priests, and must decide their own identities. The novel's interior ticking covers the clock and calendar of boys' emerging consciences and edgy consciousness. "The San Francisco Chronicle" says, "Jack Fritscher reads gloriously." Strong characters and snappy dialog propel the character-driven plot of male-dominant pecking order. At Misericordia Seminary (aptly nicknamed "Misery"), Ryan O'Hara exposes his own story. He's trapped for oxygen-with 500 other boys-by the imperial Rector Karg, the disciplinarian Father Gunn "of the USMC," the tart Father Polistina, and the rebel-priest Chris Dryden "who knows Fellini and JFK." The storytelling Irish-American author gives each ensemble character-hero or villain, student or priest, man or woman-a rich back story. Black civil rights of the 60's as well as three interesting women characters open this tale out of the suffocating seminary and on to the hot streets of Chicago's South Side and Old Town. The compelling psychological drama hinges on the very source and aspirations of priestly vocation versus self-esteem. "Is God calling me-and what about chastity? Or is it just the 'Bali Hai' of blind ambition and social climbing-and what about sex?" Fritscher makes deeper than usual sense of soulful coming-of-age material. The hearty supply of boarding school episodes cumulatively reveals the dueling dynamic between the boyish protagonist, Ryan O'Hara, and the callous ambition of the handsome bully, Tank Rimsky, as they fight toward the finish line of "manly men's" ordination to the priesthood. "The hardest thing to be in America today is a man." The novel is based on an under-reported story: the Catholic Church recruited 200,000 boys into seminaries in the 1950's. Only 20,000 were ordained. "Kid" details, in a nostalgic and not unkind take what happened to the missing 180,000 boys and the women and men in their families. Daring to step inside Catholic culture, without being parochial, this American story reveals the 1950's roots of 21st-century "recovering Catholic" panic and angst. The millions of post-Catholic baby boomers who have exited the Church will compare notes and laugh knowingly at the dead-on characterizations. Fashionably anti-Catholic campers will say, "but, of course!" Readers might catalog "Kid" in the genre of "Young Torless, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," and "Lord of the Flies." Before now, no one of the surviving 180,000 ex-seminarians has dared reveal this insider confession on the secret milieu of the Catholic education of priests. From interviews with more than a hundred former seminarians, Jack Fritscher uniquely stages their true story arcs with wit, verve, and comedy. "What They Did to the Kid" is the fourth novel from Jack Fritscher whose twelve books have sold more than 100,000 copies. Jack Fritscher is a graduate of the prestigious Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary, located in Columbus, Ohio, and directly subject to the Vatican in Rome. He received his doctorate in American Literature from Loyola University, Chicago.

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Jack Fritscher is the deeply established author more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, including Some Dance to Remember, The Geography of Women: A Romantic Comedy, Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera, Titanic: Forbidden Stories Hollywood Forgot, and Sweet Embraceable You: Coffee-House Stories, featuring "Mrs. Dalloway Went That-A-Way." He has also written two produced plays and two current screenplays. His writing, which has sold more than 100,000 copies, has received many awards and grants, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, University of California, Berkeley. At the national American Book Expo in New York, 2002, What They Did to the Kid won several awards including "Story Teller of the Year," "One of the Top 10 Books of the Year," and the ForeWord Award, "Best Fiction Finalist."

From 1953-1963, he was educated at the prestigious Pontifical College Josephinum which is the only Catholic seminary in North America directly subject to the Pope in Rome. He received his PhD from Loyola University, Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation, Love and Death in Tennessee Williams. He completed post-doctoral study at Oxford University, Christ Church College. At university, he has taught creative writing, journalism, literature, and film. He is a founding member of the American Popular Culture Association, whose press published his best-selling nonfiction book, Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch?s Mouth. He serves also as literary advisor to the American Erotic Authors Association.

A prolific contributor to magazine culture, his writing and photographs have appeared in more than forty periodicals, journals, and newspapers. He is a working scholar of American popular culture, noted particularly for his controversial nonfiction memoir of art and Catholicism, Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera.

He is the founding San Francisco editor of Drummer magazine and is currently writing and editing The Queering of America: EyeWitness Drummer, A Memoir of the Gay History, Pop Culture, and Literary Roots of the Best of Drummer Magazine.

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Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. 286 pages. What They Did to the Kid: Confessions of an Altar BoyA Comic Novel Based on a True MemoirAuthor Jack Fritscher is a schoolmate of Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston--famous in the priest sex-abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church. This memoir-novel tells a tale of boys touched by angels. That the narrator, Ryan OHara, is ironically flawed subverts the tale told to the reader in this Catholic Catcher in the Rye. Catholic or not: What you should know about What They Did to the Kid. Vivid as a screenplay. Villains will make you throw the book across the room. Heroes will make you pick it up. Fun. Accessible. And as true as fiction gets. If you, or someone in your family, grew up in a seminary, or you just want to know exactly how priests are trained as boys, this novel tells all you need to know, without being offensive or stereotypical, about adolescent boys, recruited by the Church, and trapped in claustrophobic seminaries. In the 1950s, the Catholic Church in fact actively recruited 200, 000 boys into seminaries. This is the story of those boys and their families, and the women who would have married them. Strong characters and snappy dialog propel the fast-moving plot. In the secret 1950s world of Misericordia Seminary, Ryan OHara, from age 14 to 24, narrates the adventures of 500 boys trapped by the imperial Rector Karg; the militaristic disciplinarian, Father Gunn USMC; the tart, and suicidal, Father Polistina; and the rebel-priest, handsome Chris Dryden who knows Fellini and JFK and also teaches seminarians how to love their bodies the way Jesus loves their bodies. The author, with twelve previous books published, gives each diverse character--hero or villain, student or priest, man or woman--a rich back story. Black civil rights of the 1960s and three interesting women characters open this boys-coming-of-age story out of the seminary and on to the hot streets of Chicago. In this fictional memoir, Jack Fritscher--who won Story Teller of the Year Book Award for this novel--inhales experience and exhales fiction. Against the dramatic tension of Vatican II, he oxygenates his panic-stricken novel with mouth-to-mouth comic dialog that breathes irony into this coming-of-age novel in a seminary where no boy can grow up. In times of Catholic scandal, this is what readers need to know about the secret education of boys-who-would-be-priests--without offending reader sensibilities. Survivors of Catholic education will identify with the 1950s roots of 21st-century recovering Catholic panic and angst. Readers outside the Catholic Church will gain an insight to the hidden psychology of the education of priests. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781890834371

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