In this Lambda Literary Award-winning debut, the course of growing up in just-this-side-of-segregation 1970s Cincinnati, Ohio, seems predictable if uninspiring for Cliffy Douglas. That is, until the deadbeat father of this gifted 13-year-old black kid from the Finlater Gardens Projects appears out of nowhere. The real fun and trouble begin when Noah, a Jewish boy he meets in junior high school, takes him on a joyride to first lust and love.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Incarceration; Interracial; Homosexuality; father in prison; interracial friendship; interracial relationship; gay; gay teenager
Black / White
mother and father
Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction Nominee (2009), Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction (2008)
urban; poverty; spelling bee; class differences; Judaism; anti-semitism
Ruff, Shawn Stewart, "Finlater" (2008). DIVerse Families. 1473.