Home After Dark

Title

Home After Dark

Authors

David Small

Publisher

Liveright Publishing Corporation

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780871403155

Pages

399 pages

Genre

historical

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A savage portrayal of male adolescence gone awry, like no other work of recent fiction or film. Wildly kaleidoscopic and furiously cinematic, Home After Dark is a literary tour-de-force that renders the brutality of adolescence in the so-called nostalgic 1950s, evoking classics such as The Lord of the Flies. Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to California in search of a dream. Forced to fend for himself, Russell struggles to survive in Marshfield, a dilapidated town haunted by a sadistic animal killer and a ring of malicious boys who bully Russell for being "queer." Rescued from his booze-swilling father by Wen and Jian Mah, a Chinese immigrant couple who long for a child, Russell betrays them by running away with their restaurant's proceeds.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Single parent; Foster care; Language barrier; Gay/Lesbian; Addiction; single father; foster teenager; foster parents; different languages; gay; gay teenager; alcoholism

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Chinese) / White

Family Formation

father; foster mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Alex Awards, 2019, Winner, Teen
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2018

Keywords

California; moving; bullying; peer pressure; abandonment; 1950s; animals; veteran; xenophobia

Diversity Impact

direct

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