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Name the Boy: Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

Shawn Kerivan
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Set among the hardscrabble lives of people struggling to survive emotionally, culturally, and economically, Name the Boy: Short Stories reveals the small victories and crushing realities of lives lived on the edge of terror and redemption. The characters of Name the Boy--fathers and sons, wives and husbands, families and friends--find themselves at crossroads, faced with decisions that could cost them more than they dreamed. Yet despite the rough outcomes, these characters find grace and humor in their lives.

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About the Author

Shawn Kerivan was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and raised in Green Harbor, a small fishing village in the town of Marshfield, twenty-nine miles southeast of Boston. He attended the University of Maine at Orono, and received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He’s worked in the commercial fishing industry, as a commercial painter, a carpenter, and a freelance writer. For the past fourteen years he’s owned and operated a small inn in Stowe, Vermont, with his wife and two sons.

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  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Vermont Press; 2 edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4G68JK
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5.0 out of 5 stars First rate short fiction about men and boys September 18, 2007
Shawn Kerivan's debut collection, NAME THE BOY, is a set of eleven emotionally affecting stories which examine not only the father-son relationship, but specifically absent fathers: the ways in which absent fathers impact their sons, not to mention the many ways in which a father can indeed be absent from his son's life. Moreso, though, Kerivan's stories delve into universal emotional realities that ring true across the spectrum of human relationships, be they fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, or mothers and daughters.

The collection was Kerivan's thesis collection at Goddard College, where he earned his MFA. NAME THE BOY, blessedly, is utterly devoid of the pretense and pomp one often finds in MFA program fiction. Kerivan's stories are gritty and emotionally disarming, as well as funny. Like a talented landscape artist who captures your attention from a distance and then rewards you with breathtaking detail once you've been drawn in for a closer look, Kerivan starts by sketching his stories with broad, often humorous, strokes, but then keeps you hooked with his attention to the characters' personality quirks and their often contradictory emotional and psychological motivations.

The voices of the characters are strong and believable, and as a narrator, Kerivan knows just when to step aside and let his characters take over for maximum effect.

Many of the boys in NAME THE BOY don't seem to have a voice, while the fathers and other adults around them sometimes speak almost as if engaging in monologues. This reinforces one of the subtle underlying themes of the collection: that the boys are in many ways victims of adult self-absorption.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read October 16, 2010
This is a powerful set of stories, mostly set on the hardscrabble New England coast, among people who struggle for a living and a life. There's plenty of drink around, and violent talk that can erupt into blows or gunfire. There are neglected, abused kids, raging and demented adults. There's the immutable, inescapable love/hatred between fathers and sons. Yet a weird beauty emerges in these hard-hitting tales, with a tenderness stemming from the author's deep compassion for his characters. NAME THE BOY is a compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and fun! April 26, 2014
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I really loved Kerivan's prose. This is a great book for a long, rainy afternoon or a beach read. Great characters with remarkable insight on the human condition. Smart, terrific book. Must read.
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Shawn Kerivan was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1964. He attended the University of Maine at Orono. After working as a carpenter, a driver for a seafood wholesaler, and a ski instructor, he moved to France with his wife and began writing. He sold his first short story in 1994, and since then he has published more than 50 short stories, articles, and columns. After moving to Montreal, then settling in northern Vermont to become an innkeeper, he attended Goddard College, where he received an M.F.A. in creative writing. His first book, a collection of short stories called Name the Boy, was published in 2007. His memoir of innkeeping, A Brief History of Innkeeping in the 21st Century, will be released by The Vermont Press in 2014. His most recent book, Creative Writing in the Real World: A Reader for Writers, was published in 2012 by New Plains Press.


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