Golden Boy: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 21, 2013 - Fiction - 352 pages
3 Reviews
"This is a gripping and fully-realized novel." —Emily St. John Mandel, National Book Award-nominated author of Station Eleven


2014 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
WINNER OF THE 2014 ALEX AWARD
BOOKLIST TOP 10 FIRST NOVEL OF 2013
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013

Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years, but now that the boys are getting older, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband Steve has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives.

The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won’t his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he’s starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him—desire him—once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really?

Golden Boy is a novel you’ll read in one sitting but will never forget; at once a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.
  

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Golden Boy

User Review  - Ellen Bosman - Book Verdict

Max, an intersex teen, knows he is unusual but does not fully appreciate his situation until disaster strikes, affecting his entire family. Narrated by Max and his family and friends, this bittersweet story demonstrates the price of keeping secrets and being a sexual outsider. Read full review

Golden Boy

User Review  - Lauren Gilbert - Book Verdict

Max, the so-called golden boy of the title of British author Tarttelin's second novel, is an adolescent with a secret. Though living as a boy, Max is intersex, possessing both male and female ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
31
Section 3
41
Section 4
45
Section 5
54
Section 6
58
Section 7
61
Section 8
65
Section 23
171
Section 24
175
Section 25
186
Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
222
Section 29
230
Section 30
234

Section 9
68
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
87
Section 13
100
Section 14
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Section 15
109
Section 16
123
Section 17
128
Section 18
129
Section 19
137
Section 20
143
Section 21
152
Section 22
154
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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About the author (2013)

Abigail Tarttelin is a writer, an actress, and the book editor for Phoenix magazine in the UK. Her novel, Golden Boy, received a 2014 Alex Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. She lives in London. Find out more at AbigailTarttelin.com.

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