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A Boy at the Edge of the World

A novel by David Kingston Yeh.

David Kingston Yeh

Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is still drawn to his ex-boyfriend Marcus, a performance artist whose grandfather was a book-burning Nazi. A Boy at the Edge of the World is a rollicking dramedy that explores the compulsive and (ultimately) universal human pursuit of intimacy, sex and love. (From Guernica Editions)

From the book:

Karen Fobister was the first person I ever came out to. I could remember that moment as easily as turning a page in a photo album. We'd agreed to be each other's dates to our high school senior Formal. Karen sat on her bed painting her nails, or trying to. It wasn't something she was terribly good at, but on this occasion she thought she'd give it a whirl. Her dress hung shimmering on the closet door. Her adoptive mom Mrs. Milton had made it herself. It really was beautiful.

"So, Daniel, my aunt says you're agokwe, two-spirited. Are you?"

I was nursing two black eyes. Just days earlier, I'd gotten myself kicked out of Midget AA. Grandpa was furious but I begged him not to talk to Kadlubek. Kadlubek was the head coach who'd suspended his own son Gary six games for smoking pot behind the rink. I heard rumours that he'd beaten Gary later at home with a belt. I didn't want anyone else to get in trouble, especially not Stephan.


From A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh ©2018. Published by Guernica Editions.

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