Sad Stories of the Death of Kings (Google eBook)

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction
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Roy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Surrounding him—whether to support him or to drag him under—is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of imagination. Here are charlatans, operators, alien abductees, schoolyard nudists, and fast girls with only months to live. At the center of it all is a boy learning to navigate the compromises, disillusionments and regrets that come with the territory of living. Mixing memoir and invention, the forty-one short stories in Barry Gifford's first book for young adults bring a city—and a boy's growing consciousness—to vivid, unflinching life.

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User Review  - Mintkittytea - Goodreads

The stories were very mild, light, and interesting (?) It was an easy read, insightful, sentimental....but maybe having been down a harder(?) road myself, it was a little too light. Just me,... He has a lot of accolades for his writing, especially dialogue,...meh? Read full review

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User Review  - Benn - Goodreads

Sad Stories of the Death of Kings is a book of vignettes by Barry Gifford about a boy growing up in Chicago in the 1950's and 60's. I'm sure the boy, Roy is a stand in for the author himself. I liked ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

The author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, BARRY GIFFORD began as a poet and musician. His most recent prose works are Sailor & Lula: The Complete NovelsSad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Memories from a Sinking Ship: A Novel. His most recent poetry collection is Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems (2012). Gifford lives in the San Francisco area and maintains a website at

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