Seth McGrath goes through hell to raise ten grand to find a girl. He is the son of a neurosurgeon and a pill popping debutante who send him away to be raised by his Grandmother. When Grandmother suddenly dies, Seth is sent back to a disillusioned life in Radnor, a suburb of Philadelphia. A... read more
Seth spends his days spying on the boys who make forts, creating slingshots and observing bugs. His father beats him, his mother will not speak his name and they send him away from their beautiful home to be raised by his paternal Grandmother in inner city Philadelphia. Grandmother helps him... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Seth spends his days spying on the boys who make forts, creating slingshots and observing bugs. His father beats him, his mother will not speak his name and they send him away from their beautiful home to be raised by his paternal Grandmother in inner city Philadelphia. Grandmother helps him deal with his lack of self-control by teaching him about Catholic traditions, work ethic and spirituality.
Grandmother dies of a stroke in front of Seth, and this emotional loss leaves the boy in ashes. He seeks answers and friendship, but rather than making the right choices, Seth finds evil friends. Seth is both master and victim of his own craziness. He decides that if he just has enough money he can fix everything. Seth sells pharmaceuticals, injures a teammate on the swim team, and starts a business of arranging illegal street fights. Seth loses his moral center in the fights, crimes and the lack of love in his life. This puts in motion the adolescent on a runaway journey across the United States.
This is literary coming of age story that is both about salvation and self-formation. The narrative is postmodern, dystopian and disillusioned. What builds an anti-hero into a man? What makes a man seek his fortune rather than a life of crime? Something in Seth’s core begs to answer these questions.
Transgressional Fiction, Contemporary and Poetic
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