The Boys of My Youth

Jo Ann Beard (Author)


Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, & it continued as the hardcover edition of The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing even before publication. The author writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through one woman's life - from childhood to marriage & beyond - & memorably captures the collision of youthful longing & the hard intransigences of time & fate.

Product Details

Price: $15.99  $14.71
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Published Date: January 29, 1999
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
ISBN: 9780316085250
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About the Author

Jo Ann Beard is also the author of the novel In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, and Best American Essays. She has received a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


"Smart, funny, and moving...A gifted and gutsy writer...This is what a first collection of stories should be."--Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
"Extraordinary...Beard is writing not with the romanticism of a girl looking up at the stars, but with the brilliant cold light of the stars looking down on us."--Ted Anton, Chicago Tribune
"Beard remembers (or imagines) her childhood self with an uncanny lucidity that startles."--Laura Miller, New York Times Book Review