Boys of Alabama
Genevieve Hudson (Author) Charlie Thurston (Read by)
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DescriptionIn this bewitching debut novel, a sensitive teen, newly arrived in Alabama, falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. While his German parents don't know what to make of a South pining for the past, shy Max thrives in the thick heat. Taken in by the football team, he learns how to catch a spiraling ball, how to point a gun, and how to hide his innermost secrets. Max already expects some of the raucous behavior of his new, American friends--like their insatiable hunger for the fried and cheesy, and their locker room talk about girls. But he doesn't expect the comradery--or how quickly he would be welcomed into their world of basement beer drinking. In his new canvas pants and thickening muscles, Max feels like he's playing dress-up. That is until he meets Pan, the school witch, in Physics class: Pan in his all black. Pan with his goth choker and the gel that made his hair go straight up. Suddenly, Max feels seen, and the pair embarks on a consuming relationship: Max tells Pan about his supernatural powers, and Pan tells Max about the snake poison initiations of the local church. The boys, however, aren't sure whose past is darker, and what is more frightening--their true selves, or staying true in Alabama.
May 19, 2020
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About the Author
Genevieve Hudson is the author of the novel Boys of Alabama, the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone, and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a 2019 LAMBDA Literary Award finalist. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, The MacDowell Colony, Caldera Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Portland, OR.
Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep and has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional-Utterly True-Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can't Take It with You.