WATERBOYS.

Gabriel, Eric [Lehman,}

ISBN 10: 0916515540 / ISBN 13: 9780916515546
Published by San Francisco: Mercury House, (1989) dj, 1989
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's first novel, a coming of age story set in the 1960s in New York City - "A well-written, finely tuned first novel about coming of age in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s. . . . Gabriel is a subtle writer--especially in his understanding of Matthew's prepubsecent sexuality--and his characters catch at your heart and take hold." (Kirkus) SIGNED on the half title page and dated in San Francisco in the year of publication. 234 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket (usual light toning to the pages, rem dot, a bit of wear to the ends of the dj spine) Books signed by Eric Gabriel Lehman are quite uncommon. Bookseller Inventory # 62798

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Title: WATERBOYS.

Publisher: San Francisco: Mercury House, (1989) dj

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Matthew, Justin, and Asa, three friends growing up in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York during the sixties must choose between the values of the home and street

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New York City's riverfront slum, Hell's Kitchen, is the setting of this authentically gritty but subtly sensitive first novel about the coming-of-age of two young boys. Fatherless 10-year-old friends Matthew and Justin are accustomed to taking care of themselves on the grimy streets. Matthew's mother Marjorie is a former cabaret singer succumbing to the grip of alcoholism; during a shoplifting attempt at Woolworth's, she is rescued by Sal, a Hispanic who works at the lunch counter. Sal enters their lives, eager to be a father to Matthew, but Marjorie distrusts his violent temper and a past that includes witchcraft and crime. Justin lives with his mother Carlotta, a nurse, and begins to work at his Uncle Frank's garage. With both women portrayed as harried and ineffectual, the boys inhabit a chiefly male world where sexuality is either auto- or homoerotic. Among the men who provide role models are the crudely macho garage mechanics, the homosexuals who huddle in the dank pier buildings, the "Bloodhounds," a gang of racially violent kids, and a knot of gentle homeless blacks who cook vats of dirt-spiced soup. When Matthew is drawn to Asa, a Jewish boy from Brooklyn whose father abuses him, Justin's jealousy erupts in a savage fashion. While sparing no unsavory detail, Gabriel ends his story of bleak lives on a credibly affirmative note. His depiction of his young protagonists is perceptive and memorable.
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