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Dream Boy: A Novel [Jim Grimsley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Struggling with sexual abuse from his father and his mother’s denial. Dream Boy: A Novel [Jim Grimsley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ALA Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Book Award. DREAM BOY confirms the. Dream Boy: A Novel [Jim Grimsley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A prizewinning playwright shares the stunning and heartbreaking.

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It deals with trauma, torture, incest and molestation. As things start again between Nathan and his father – Nathan is forced to sleep outside in the woods.

If I’ve to answer that question myself, I’d say it’d be “Thou shalt not fuck inside a haunted manor for thy companions wilt find thou.

But with its topic can be called, disturbing any way you look at it. What’s the point of it? And Roy’s fear and how they struggle to find themselves in each other.


Jim Grimsley is a genius. Nathan has just moved to the area. For me it is Nathan’s desperation and tenderness. It’s not grmisley a romance, so I guess it’s why I was able to enjoy it as much as I did.

DREAM BOY by Jim Grimsley | Kirkus Reviews

It is the story of two high school boys who fall in love. In this case, it seems as though the author took a hatchet to the book, sundering it into two unrelated pieces. I treasured each moment when they were together. Whether alive or dead both boys were able to escape to freedom.

Is he really dead? For me Nathan is the hero in this story. Grimsley’s text is a dreaam of style. Maybe the author did this on purpose – to jar the reader into a sense of reality that bad things can happen to good people? I finished the book. Many thanks to Sofia for buddy reading this with me.


The distrust Nathan feels Powerful silent imagery Nathan’s abuse at the hands of his father, his mother’s inability to protect him, vream difficulties of his continuing relationship with Roy and the homophobia and abuse from his and Roy’s peers.

So I cannot read the ending in a religious context.

Grimsley writes with soul of a poet that when he describes the attraction between the two boys, it is so palpable, I can feel it seeps through the pages and fill the empty space grisley me. May 29, Gavin Boone rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could not get the tragedy off my mind, when I was on the part where they hiked. In the first half, I looked forward to every evolution – positive or negative – in the relationship between Rod and Nathan.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. I have so many ideas on this ending, but if I Dream Boy is haunting, in a “I have to re-read it or else it’ll drive me crazy” way.

It w Such a brilliant hoy fiction book. What I want is justice!! Romantic passion, violence and ultimate liberation coalesce in this singular display of literary craftsmanship. The boys’ friendship, need for each other and Nathan’s sense of safety when he is with Roy are important parts of the narrative. Meeting Roy brings him out of his shell and connects him with others. I admire how Grimsley gave a silent voice to Nathan which I heard loud and clear.

This article is about the novel. Dream Boy is a tender love story that is also sensual and violent. I highly recommend this masterpiece of a ghost tale.


But aside from an intriguing writing style, this book fails if only because there is no ending. I feel privileged iim have read this book which I first became aware of during an interview with the author on NPR.

Roof Beam Reader Adam. And did Nathan survive – or just come back to life in his or someone else’s dreams? But not as uncomfortable as the abusing dad! The religion to me was part of the veneer of respectability and everyone knows full well how child abusers can remain hidden in the guise jij respectability not just in church but in any responsible or prominent position in society.

That’s what was also turning me away from this book was the fact that aside from sexual experience there was literally nothing else going on at all. His mother is like an invisible apparition in his life, turning her head the other way as if everything in the house is alright when in actuality it is like a prison camp.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Almost without realizing it and with some reluctance on both sidesthey begin an achingly tender romance. To give us a book with no ending? Some books don’t deserve ratings. Roy and Nathan attend the same high school where Roy is a senior and Nathan is a sophomore.

And, even in the dfeam scenario, our Dream Boy finds peace. Will he be the one to kill Nathan? There was a problem adding your email address.