Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812977400, 236pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
American Youth is a controlled, essential, and powerful tale of a teenager in southern New England who is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident in his home. This tragedy earns him the admiration of a sinister gang of boys at his school and a girl associated with them. Set in a town riven by social and ideological tensions-an old rural culture in conflict with newcomers-this is a classic portrait of a young man struggling with the idea of identity and responsibility in an America ill at ease with itself.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Phil LaMarche was a writing fellow in the Syracuse University graduate creative writing program. He was awarded the Ivan Klima Fellowship in fiction in Prague and a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship in St. Petersburg, Russia. His story -In the Tradition of My Family, - published in the spring 2005 edition of Ninth Letter and the 2005 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories anthology, has been made into a film by orLater Productions. He lives in central New York state. From the Hardcover edition.