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Lowboy - John Wray
Lowboy
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Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a sixteen-yearold paranoid schizophrenic, gets on an uptown B train alone. Like most people he knows, Will believes the world is being destroyed by climate change; unlike most people, he’s convinced he can do something about it. Unknown to his... show more
Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a sixteen-yearold paranoid schizophrenic, gets on an uptown B train alone. Like most people he knows, Will believes the world is being destroyed by climate change; unlike most people, he’s convinced he can do something about it. Unknown to his doctors, unknown to the police—unknown even to Violet Heller, his devoted mother—Will alone holds the key to the planet’s salvation. To cool down the world, he has to cool down his own overheating body: to cool down his body, he has to find one willing girl. And he already has someone in mind.  Lowboy, John Wray’s third novel, tells the story of Will’s fantastic and terrifying odyssey through the city’s tunnels, back alleys, and streets in search of Emily Wallace, his one great hope, and of Violet Heller’s desperate attempts to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. She is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing-persons specialist, who gradually comes to discover that more is at stake than the recovery of a runaway teen: Violet—beautiful, enigmatic, and as profoundly at odds with the world as her son—harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril.  Suspenseful and comic, devastating and hopeful by turns, Lowboy is a fearless exploration of youth, sex, and violence in contemporary America, seen through one boy’s haunting and extraordinary vision.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374194161 (0374194165)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 258
Edition language: English
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This Bookish Endeavor
This Bookish Endeavor rated it
4.0
4 Stars.At once beautifully written, and truly disturbing, Lowboy was a reading experience I won't soon forget. The main character of Will Hellar has made a huge impression on me. And it is that fact that makes the ultimate resolution to this dark, dark story so heartbreaking.Read the full review on...
Book Candy
Book Candy rated it
2.0 Lowboy: A Novel
Halfway through and just couldn't bring myself to waste any more time with it. The Author has a way with words which was beautiful but the story was dull and going nowhere.
fablejack
fablejack rated it
The descriptions of Will's visions during his decompensations were visually impressive and really gripping. I didn't find that to be true for the story with the cop and his mother though, and the ending was a let down. As a result, I felt let down by those aspects of the story.
Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author
Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author rated it
3.0
Although this was a beautifully written book, the story did not intrigue me as much as other similar books such as "The Caveman's Valentine" or "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". The characters just did not appeal to me. They were all too distant. However, as I said, the book is incredibly we...
Meandering Em's
Meandering Em's rated it
2.0
Almost impossible book to understand. Can't figure out why there are rave reviews. The only thing I enjoyed was the descriptions of the underground subway stations in New York. I'm not sure people outside the metropolitan area would understand all the references to New York City. The book is abo...
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