All American Boy

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Kensington Publishing Corporation, May 1, 2006 - Fiction - 360 pages
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'Would you come home, Walter? Please?' - With these desperate words from the mysterious, distant mother he hasnÕt seen in ten years, Wally Day finds his carefully constructed world falling in on itself. For years, the handsome actor has made denial his own particular art form - from his stalled career to his emotionless embrace of the hard-edged boys who regularly traipse through his bedroom. But now, faced with this sudden intrusion from his past, Wally must confront the reasons he left his hometown of BrownÕs Mill in a cloud of anger, shame, and guilt. He must look face-to-face upon the ghosts of his past - his mother, whom he once loved more than anyone else in the world; his abusive father, who never looked at Wally without contempt and suspicion; the life-affirming Miss Aletha, whose love had given Wally refuge; and most of all, Zandy - the man whose memory still haunts him, whose love for Wally had been called a crime. As Wally unravels the dark side of his All-American family, he has a chance to make peace with the boy he was in order to become the man he needs to be. He is once more the 14-year-old living at Miss AlethaÕs house on the wrong side of town, the music of Saturday Night Fever providing the charged, erotic soundtrack to his life. The world was on the exuberant edge of change in those days, and Wally relives the thrill of discovery, the promise of forbidden sex - and the mistake that cost him everything. ItÕs a journey that will take Wally back to his past - to a time when he was the good son, the smartest boy in his class, the shining picture of the 'All-American Boy'.

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Walter (Wally) Day was a boy with promise, the brightest in his class, that is until his fourteenth year when he meet Zandy. Zandy, a rough hippy man in his thirties fulfilled Wally's sexual desires ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

William J. Mann is the critically acclaimed author of Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star, as well as The Biograph Girl and the novel The Men from the Boys. He is a contributor to Architectural Digest, The Boston Phoenix, and The Advocate.

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