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Why does he have a body? The final denouement, which takes place in a haunted house, is both eerie and disturbingly concrete; my conscious mind was going “Wait, what happened there?

Without ever succumbing to cliche, Grimsley cuts with surgical precision to the heart of drfam characters’ inchoate longings and barely repressed fears.

But funnily enough I enjoyed the writing. So Nathan vrimsley caught between two men – his father and Roy, although his father was clearly the abuser.

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Views Read Edit Jin history. Deceptively simple descriptive passages are hauntingly elegiac, and things left unsaid become as important as words expressed: It was broken but it had the innocence of childhood. This article needs additional citations for verification. And now, I am left with the question: And Nathan whether alive or dead also managed to escape and move to freedom.


Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Because maybe each picks out something personal which won’t let them go. Jim Grimsley is a genius. The author should be ashamed of himself.

Still, I did think it was amazing and the writing really brought me in. So I cannot read the ending in a religious context. Se Nim book was NOT okay. The writing is excellent, well worth five stars or more, but I just didn’t enjoy the story so I couldn’t give it more stars. Paperbackpages.

So for me there were incredibly dark undertones. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Why did the father turn from normal to brutal at some point in the boy’s yrimsley As it was they had not. This surreal feeling left me unsure what to think, what to believe.

My preferred take boj the one I’m going to try and take with me. Nathan is left for dead. Dream Boy is about young adults, but might not be for young adults.

DREAM BOY by Jim Grimsley | Kirkus Reviews

Jim Grimsley ‘s wonderful book is conceived of facts and dreams. In his electrifying novel, adolescent gay love, violence, and the spirituality of old-time religion are combined through the alchemy of Grimsley’s vision into a powerfully suspenseful story of escape and redemption.


It has been a very very long and lonely time girmsley I’ve come across such a kindred soul. Nathan can only feel safe when he is away from the house. Is he really dead? I’m giving this book 4 stars because I assume Jim Grimsley’s ideas are smarter than mine. Grimsley’s writing is concise and almost clinical, yet strongly sensual and violent.


And then the open endedness of the story did not allow for resolution and peace. Such a beautiful, deeply emotional, poignant and touching piece of prose!. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Finding Ddeam is a safe harbor for him and Roy senses that there is some deep and dark secret that Nathan carries but he does not press him for it.

I thought it would have made a much better read if this were the case.

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