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American Boy by Larry Watson
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May 08, 12

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Read in April, 2012

This book is a surprisingly wild ride! The story tells of an adolescent boy, Matthew, in rural Minnesota in the 1960s. When his father abandons Matthew and his mother, he is taken under wing by the wealthy and charismatic Doctor Dunbar: Local celebrity and father to Matthew's best friend. Though Matthew's life with the Dunbars appears to offer him a role in fine society, the dynamic is shaken by the introduction of a young female patient, and the object of obsession for Matthew, Louisa Lindahl. And then things go from bad to worse to crazy...and quickly!

Larry Watson's writing is subtle and smooth. The story is one of appearance versus reality and paints a rather dark and sordid picture of life in the small-town Midwest.
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