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Boy's Life / Gone South

4.51  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Two extraordinary novels in one volume from the New York Times bestselling author Robert R. McCammon (Swan Song, Stinger, The Wolf's Hour).

Both set in the South, Boy's Life tells a haunting tale of a young boy's seemingly ordinary life in a town called Zephyr, until one day he witnesses a car with a man at the wheel plunge deep into Saxon's Lake. "This superbly told tale c
Hardcover, 816 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Atria Books
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David Ball
Jan 23, 2013 David Ball rated it it was amazing
This review only reflects the Boy's Life, the first of the two novels within this volume. I read it because this was the highest rated piece of fiction in my Goodreads to-read shelf. Ironically the two titles together scored higher among Goodreads reviewers than the stories individually, so perhaps I should have pressed on and read Gone South, but while I really enjoyed this book I think I'll take a little rest from McGammon for awhile... Oh yes, the review. Five stars. Why? I've never read a no ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it
I was a very imaginative child and happily blessed with having a group of very imaginative and almost inseparatable friends. This book brought me back to that time when everything was bigger than life, both the real and what we conjured up in our own imaginations.
I remember my best friend, Beth and I fighting off a group of boys in high school who were picking on one of our mentally challenged friends. It was a defining moment for us as it was for Cory Makemson and his friends when they stood up
Nov 14, 2014 Rowland rated it liked it
McCammon is not viewed as a thriller writer, however Gone South (the novel that I have read) is a taut tale about a dying former-Vietnam soldier who gets sucked into a strange destiny down South. There is no spare language and the whole yarn spins itself with little effort through murder and mayhem in the bayou. Some pretty strange characters emerge along the way, including two sideshow freaks, one with three arms, who try to gold-dig the vet back to their boss in return for his $15,000 head mon ...more
May 18, 2014 Marcie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
I read this book many years ago. Boy's Life is perhaps a favorite of all time. So well written with a wonderful sense of a boy's life in an era past.
Gone South, the second novel in this edition is very good as well as being a bit quirky and humorous.
Jul 16, 2015 Camille rated it really liked it
Great book - I thoroughly enjoyed it! I reviewed this book on my blog. Rather than recreate it here, I'm posting a link to my blog.
Shelly Wickwire
Nov 30, 2012 Shelly Wickwire rated it really liked it
McCammom's style incorporates the supernatural with a Southern flair. I have enjoyed several books by this author.

Boy's Life is one of my favorite books.
John Reed
Feb 29, 2016 John Reed rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorites. McCammon has a way, especially in "Boy's Life," of expressing what the hidden thoughts every boy feels growing up. Outstanding!
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I used to read this book every year. That's how good it is.
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Both great books, Boy's life is a must read for every guy who is still a boy at heart.
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An outstanding fantasy, thriller, coming of age tale.
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.

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