The World of Normal Boys
The time is the late 1970s -- an age of gas shortages, head shops, and Saturday Night Fever. The place, suburban New Jersey. At a time when the teenagers around him are coming of age, Robin MacKenzie is coming undone. While "normal boys" are into cars, sports, and bullying their classmates, Robin enjoys day trips to New York City with his elegant mother, spinning fantastic tales for her amusement in an intimate ritual he has come to love. He dutifully plays the role of the good son for his meat-and-potatoes father, even as his own mind is a jumble of sexual confusion and painful self-doubt. But everything changes in one horrifying instant, when a tragic accident wakes his family from their middle-American dream and plunges them into a spiral of slow destruction.
Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Gay/Lesbian; death of a brother; gay; gay teenager; same sex relationship
mother and father
Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction
coming of age; 1970s; New Jersey; multiple relationships; accident; self-discovery
Soehnlein, K.M., "The World of Normal Boys" (2000). Diverse Families. 1431.