A Map of the Harbor Islands

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Psychology Press, 2006 - Fiction - 389 pages
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A Map Of The Harbor Islands is the long-awaited novel from J. G. Hayes, the critically acclaimed bestselling author of This Thing Called Courage and Now Batting for Boston. This book charts the turbulent life courses of two South Boston friends, Danny O'Connor and Petey Harding, from their childhoods through their adult lives. `Golden Boy' Petey has it all going for him - brains, charisma and his close friendship with Danny. Then an accident on the baseball field changes everything. Petey wakes from a coma a different person, completely different from the boy Danny knew and loved. Gone are the old habits, the old joy of baseball, the old way of thinking. Petey is left with a stutter and a new appreciation for life that Danny sometimes just cannot understand. Petey begins to tell stories and make maps - dragging a grudging Danny along. Over the years Danny begins to understand Petey, and slowly, he also begins to learn more about himself. Then Petey confesses that he is gay, which sends Danny on an odyssey he never dreamed could happen. Petey's map is one of hope for Danny and him, to escape the urban ghetto of South Boston. They are two wayfaring friends who swear a love for one another until the very end. A Map Of The Harbor Islands carries the reader on a journey into the beauty of the world, physically and emotionally, along a current of love, friendship, self-growth and redemption.
 

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Danny O’Connor, of Irish descent and raised in the less than salubrious area of South Boston, narrates the account if his life to date. He tells how he first meets Petey Harding on their first day at ... Read full review

Contents

Dog Dinner Parties Dog Funerals
1
Jolly Olly Petey
10
WHY
28
Birdy Brain
39
Miasma de Mustafa
46
The Song of Sealamon
58
Have You Seen the Button Man?
67
The Woods Are Full of Bittersweet
80
Christmas Comes but Once a Year Thank God
187
Not All Double Dates Are Made in Heaven Some Come from Another Place
197
Deeper Danny Deeper
224
Trouble Man
246
A Boy or a Girl?
263
The Marine Librarian
282
While You Were Gone
292
Peter Paul and Mary
308

Moonlight and ManHair
99
Birdy with a Boner
108
Are the Stars Out Tonight?
121
The Man Behind the Nixon Mask
134
For Spacious Skies
145
That Must Have Been One BigAss Whack on the Head
173
Under the Boardwalk Down by the Sea
322
Of Balrogs and St Brigids
339
Mrs Harding Has Her Say
359
The Pepperminty Coast
382
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