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Finlater

Title

Finlater

Publisher

Quote Editions

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9781604023954

Pages

292 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Incarceration; Interracial; Homosexuality; father in prison; interracial friendship; interracial relationship; gay; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction Nominee (2009), Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction (2008)

Keywords

urban; poverty; spelling bee; class differences; Judaism; anti-semitism

Diversity Impact

direct

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