Tales Out of School

By Benjamin Taylor
(Zoland Books, Paperback, 9781581952278, 283pp.)

Publication Date: April 8, 2008

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The strange hothouse world of Galveston Island, Texas, has been good to the Mehmels, German Jewish immigrants who prosper there in the late nineteenth century, and whose second generation is still flush as the century turns. But destruction – moral and natural, including the great hurricane that nearly destroyed the city – is not far off, and for bookish, fourteen-year-old grandson Felix, last of the line, salvation lies in self-discovery. Pried away from his Ovid and Virgil, he is seduced by the rough, handsome bully who has long taunted him. And over the sultry summer of 1907, he asserts his independence and launches into manhood even as his family’s morale, sanity, and fortunes wane. Erotic as it is exalted, defiantly comic as it is sad, Tales Out of School is a timeless novel by a masterful contemporary writer.

About the Author
Benjamin Taylor has taught at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University and each spring term is at Washington University in Saint Louis. His work has appeared in "Salmagundi", "Threepenny Review", "Raritan", "The Los Angeles Times Book Review", "New England Review", and many other publications. He is the author of a novel, "The Mercy Seat", forthcoming next year.
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