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The Boy Who Ran Away to Sea

Author: Barry Gifford  

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A childhood in the 1950s and '60s among grifters, show girls, and mob enforcers who embraced the boy and made him who he is. "These stories make for one of the most important and moving American bildungsromans of all time." -- William Boyle, The Southwest Review Roy tells it the way he sees it, shuttled between Chicago to Key West and Tampa, Havana and Jackson MS, usually with his mother Kitty, often in the company of lip-sticked women and fast men. Roy is the muse of Gifford's hardboiled style, a precocious child, watching the grown-ups try hard to save themselves, only to screw up again and again. He takes it all in, every waft of perfume and cigar smoke, every missed opportunity to do the right thing. And then there are the good things too. A fishing trip with Uncle Buck, a mother's love, advice from Rudy, Roy's father: "Roy means king. Be the king of your own country. Don't depend on anyone to do your thinking for you." The stories in The Boy Who Ran Away to Sea are together a love letter and a tribute to the childhood experiences that ground a life. In the Author's note, Gifford writes, "I have often been asked if I were interested in writing my memoirs or an autobiography. Given that the Roy stories come as close as I care to come regarding certain circumstances, I remain comfortable with their verisimilitude. They all dwell within the boundary of fiction. As I have explained elsewhere, these are stories, I made them up. Roy ages from about five years old to late adolescence. After that, with the exception of a sighting in Veracruz, I have no idea what happened to him." "The way Barry Gifford lets people talk articulates everything about their unfamiliar inner lives, and ours." -- Boston Globe

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About the Author

Barry Gifford is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into thirty languages. His most recent books include The Cuban Club , The Up-Down , Writers , Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels , Sad Stories of the Death of Kings , Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems , The Roy Stories , and Landscape with Traveler . He co-wrote with David Lynch the screenplays for the two movies they made together, Wild at Heart , based on the Gifford's 1990 novel, which is one of the eight novels in Sailor & Lula , and Lost Highway . Wild at Heart , directed by David Lynch, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1990, the same year in which the novel was published. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Publisher
Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Published
29th March 2022
Pages
320
ISBN
9781644211526
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