Boys of Alabama (Hardcover)
Liveright, 9781631496295, 272pp.
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
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A coming-of-age novel told with magical realism, Boys of Alabama guides us through sixteen-year-old Max’s first year in America.
In this bewitching first novel, a sensitive teen, newly arrived in Alabama, falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. While his German parents don’t know what to make of a South pining for the past, shy Max thrives in the thick heat. Taken in by rowdy football players, he learns how to catch a spiraling ball, point a gun, and hide his innermost secrets. When Max meets fishnet-wearing Pan in physics class, they embark on an all-consuming relationship: Max tells Pan about his supernatural powers, and Pan tells Max about the snake poison initiations of a local church. The boys, however, aren’t sure what is more frightening—embracing their true selves, or masking their true selves. Evoking Dorothy Allison, Lambda Award finalist Genevieve Hudson offers a nuanced portrait of masculinity, immigration, and the adolescent pressures that require total conformity—in short, a twenty-first-century South that would have been unimaginable to the late Harper Lee.
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Praise For Boys of Alabama: A Novel…
— Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks
A gripping, uncanny, and queer exploration of being a boy in America, told with detail that dazzles and disturbs.
— Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir
Genevieve Hudson dismantles and spins a new category of fairy tale for us, one that’s equal parts dirt and splendor. A glinting, dark beauty. An incantation.
— T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girl
This novel is a love song to outsiders of all kinds, a queer love story about the ways we find to heal ourselves and each other, and proof that there can be magic amid the burdens of masculinity.
— Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me
Hudson is a tremendous writer and she is on the rise.
— Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things
Genevieve Hudson creates a new American erotics of longing and belonging, flush with want and desire, hope and home, translation and transformation.
— Matt Bell, author of Scrapper
Hudson goes right to a place where violence comes from—uncomfortably close to desire for magic, God, sex, whatever might actually heal us—and doesn’t turn away.
— Kristin Dombek, author of The Selfishness of Others
One of the finest—and weirdest!—first novels I’ve read in quite some long time.
— Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and coauthor of The Disaster Artist
Boys of Alabama perfectly captures the magic and inevitable heartache of young lust.
— Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light
[Depicts] a brand of Southern-fried masculinity that is immediately recognizable and startlingly fresh. This is an exquisite book.
— Nick White, author of How to Survive a Summer
Reminds us that behind so many of America’s most rigid beliefs lies the lonely human heart: twitchy, slippery, alive.
— Mikkel Rosengaard, author of The Invention of Ana