Every Boy Should Have a Man

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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Akashic Books
Publish Date
Pages
192
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781617751578

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About the Author

Preston L. Allen is a recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and a winner of the Sonja H. Stone Prize in Fiction. He is the author of Jesus Boy, the critically-acclaimed novel All or Nothing, and the award-winning collection Churchboys and Other Sinners. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals and have been anthologized in Brown Sugar and other publications. He teaches writing in south Florida.

Reviews

"In Every Boy Should Have a Man, Allen takes genre bending into unexplored territory. He has crafted a highly imaginative, unsettling work of social satire that...utilizes a speculative fable as a way to muse on race, slavery, civil rights and even climate change...Every Boy Should Have a Man is James Baldwin meets Aldous Huxley, a twisted contortion of a weird fairy tale future gone wrong, all told from high atop the mountain in a sort of New Testament prose. As the mixologist of this mad and unpredictable genre tableau, Allen has navigated into wholly uncharted territory. He comments on everything from slave ownership to pet ownership to the way we treat our planet and ourselves. His novel is ambitious yet understated, cautionary while rarely politically preachy. Every Boy Should Have a Man is that rare novel that is derived from such a disparate scope of literary influences that it waxes entirely original."
--Chicago Tribune

"Every Boy Should Have a Man presents an eye-opening and beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic parable."
--Colorado Springs Independent

"Grade: A
Where humans have dogs, oafs have mans. But in Allen's provocative parable, mans are far cleverer than dogs...Like all parables, there's a message here. We need to pay attention to our environment and to those Bangladeshi clothesmakers who do work for us."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Preston L. Allen has written a poignant book about human suffering, a fantasy tale about what could happen when some people have more power over others, and how a dangerous combination of violence and a sense of superiority can destroy all that we have worked hard for and gained in our years on this planet. But it's also a tale about love and hope, adventure and redemption."
--NY Spender

"Every Boy Should Have a Man (Akashic, 2013) is the most interesting book I've read this year. Since it's still only May, let me rephrase that: it's the most interesting book I've read in a long, long time."
--Writing with Celia

"The story's blend of influences and themes make the book as a whole fascinating and thought-provoking."
--BookTrib.com

"Every Boy Should Have a Man is a wild animal, a melancholy human, a hybrid with fangs and tears, a book that cannot be classified and should never be classified--it is a book that I read until late into the night, and then talked about with my daughters, my dog, my friends, and myself. I won't ever look at the daughters, or the dog, or the world, in quite the same way."
--Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here

"In this new novel, Preston L. Allen writes with an elegance and honesty that make his observations on 'humanity' -- our common flaws, our insistent dishonesty, our daily failings -- a psalm, a love song to imperfection, and yet holds onto a firm and astute insight. Beautiful, elegiac, and optimistic."
--Chris Abani, author of Graceland

"In Every Boy Should Have a Man, Allen takes genre bending into unexplored territory. He has crafted a highly imaginative, unsettling work of social satire that...utilizes a speculative fable as a way to muse on race, slavery, civil rights and even climate change...Every Boy Should Have a Man is James Baldwin meets Aldous Huxley, a twisted contortion of a weird fairy tale future gone wrong, all told from high atop the mountain in a sort of New Testament prose. As the mixologist of this mad and unpredictable genre tableau, Allen has navigated into wholly uncharted territory. He comments on everything from slave ownership to pet ownership to the way we treat our planet and ourselves. His novel is ambitious yet understated, cautionary while rarely politically preachy. Every Boy Should Have a Man is that rare novel that is derived from such a disparate scope of literary influences that it waxes entirely original."
--Chicago Tribune

"Every Boy Should Have a Man presents an eye-opening and beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic parable."
--Colorado Springs Independent

"Grade: A
Where humans have dogs, oafs have mans. But in Allen's provocative parable, mans are far cleverer than dogs...Like all parables, there's a message here. We need to pay attention to our environment and to those Bangladeshi clothesmakers who do work for us."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Preston L. Allen has written a poignant book about human suffering, a fantasy tale about what could happen when some people have more power over others, and how a dangerous combination of violence and a sense of superiority can destroy all that we have worked hard for and gained in our years on this planet. But it's also a tale about love and hope, adventure and redemption."
--NY Spender

"Every Boy Should Have a Man (Akashic, 2013) is the most interesting book I've read this year. Since it's still only May, let me rephrase that: it's the most interesting book I've read in a long, long time."
--Writing with Celia

"The story's blend of influences and themes make the book as a whole fascinating and thought-provoking."
--BookTrib.com

"Every Boy Should Have a Man is a wild animal, a melancholy human, a hybrid with fangs and tears, a book that cannot be classified and should never be classified--it is a book that I read until late into the night, and then talked about with my daughters, my dog, my friends, and myself. I won't ever look at the daughters, or the dog, or the world, in quite the same way."
--Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here

"In this new novel, Preston L. Allen writes with an elegance and honesty that make his observations on 'humanity' -- our common flaws, our insistent dishonesty, our daily failings -- a psalm, a love song to imperfection, and yet holds onto a firm and astute insight. Beautiful, elegiac, and optimistic."
--Chris Abani, author of Graceland