The Baker's Boy: A Novel

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Southern Methodist University Press, 2008 - Fiction - 323 pages
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Set in Central America and in middle Tennessee, Barry Kitterman’s debut novel gives us two intertwined stories: In the first, Tanner Johnson, nearing midlife, has left his pregnant wife and taken a job as a baker, working nights, trying to avoid a shadowy presence that haunts him from the past. In the second, Tanner relives his painful experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize, where he taught at a boys’ reform school nearly a quarter century ago. Haunted by the past, he struggles to find the courage to accept his role as a husband and prospective father.

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Now middle-aged, troubled Tanner Johnson has left his pregnant wife and his job at a sports shop to work as a baker in a small caf├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Ż in the Tennessee town where he lives. He continues to be ... Read full review


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Barry Kitterman has lived and taught in Belize, China, Taiwan, Ohio, and Indiana. The fiction editor of Zone 3 Magazine, he has had stories published in many literary venues, including The Long Story, Cutbank, California Quarterly, and Carolina Quarterly. He currently teaches at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Jill and his children Ted and Hannah.

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