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Paperboy

by Vince Vawter

Paperboy
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  • First Published:
    May 2013, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Dec 2014, 240 pages

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In the racially segregated South of the 1950s, a boy learns to make his way in the adult world, while struggling to overcome a difficult speech disability.

The narrator of Paperboy, by Vince Vawter, avoids telling us his name until the final pages of the novel. He does not withhold his name because he's in hiding, or because he's being coy. It is simply because it is too difficult for him to say, due to a stuttering affliction. Throughout this story set in 1959 Memphis, he refers to himself only as Little Man, a nickname given to him by Mam, the live-in housekeeper in his white household.

He has an important story to tell, one he's still making sense of. He's been through a summer of growth and change. He's seen new things and gained insights and understanding of the world around him. Little Man needs to type out his story, for, as he explains, "I need to see the words on paper to make sure everything happened the way my brain remembers it. I trust words on paper a lot more than words in the air." Written in short blocks of text, devoid ...

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