American Boy

By Larry Watson. Publisher: Milkweed


Watson’s powerful coming-of-age story about a teenage boy shocked into maturity by a moment of sudden and unexpected violence drives home the melancholic and morally ambiguous point that growing up is as much about failure as it is about growth.




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Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
2011 - Selection(s)