James Magruder, Author of Sugarless

Event date: 
Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:30pm

James Magruder will do a reading and signing for his new novel Sugarless.

"In this fascinating 1970s coming-of-age story, playwright and translator Magruder introduces readers to Rick Lahrem, a high school sophomore struggling with his sexuality, his loneliness and his new stepfamily. His only solace is the Broadway LPs he buys at the local record store, but when he's coaxed into joining his school's speech team, he finally discovers something he's successful at and a group of friends who actually seem to care about him. Then one day, while record shopping, he meets Ned Bolang, a speech coach from a rival high school, and a sexual affair ensues just as Rick's mother is finding Christ, an irony not lost on the reader. Rick and Ned's relationship is nuanced and complicated: Rick views Ned as the one person who can make him happy, but is the older Ned exploiting his young lover? While this novel may be about a homosexual relationship in the 1970s, the story captures the struggles of teenagers, straight and gay, of every generation."--Publishers Weekly

Event address: 
A Room Of One's Own Books & Gifts
307 W Johnson St
53703-2218 Madison
Sugarless Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299233808
Availability: Special Order
Published: Terrace Books - October 1st, 2009