Set in the 1980's, Dirty One follows a pack of adolescent characters who live in the acid-drenched, suburban town known as Leominster, Massachusetts-the plastics capital of America, as well as the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. In the story, "From Kissing," a sixth-grader named Butch has his first homosexual tongue kiss during a monster truck show and, after a bout of theSet in the 1980's, Dirty One follows a pack of adolescent characters who live in the acid-drenched, suburban town known as Leominster, Massachusetts-the plastics capital of America, as well as the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. In the story, "From Kissing," a sixth-grader named Butch has his first homosexual tongue kiss during a monster truck show and, after a bout of the flu, he is convinced he has somehow contracted AIDS. With "Curls and Curls," nine-year-old Lee hates his kinky, brown head of hair and is seemingly possessed with magic, casting spells to unfurl his evil tresses. In "A Snow Day," eleven-year-old Cassidy longs to be the next mega-watt, teen pop star, but is forced to deal with her crazy classmates, her gay father, and her dog that continually vomits in the driveway. "Do It" follows a tween named Denise as she seeks her first sexual experience with a boyfriend who can never remain erect. Denise strives for high school greatness while her gay best friend is crowned king of all local paper routes. These selections join five more, constructing the remarkable world of Dirty One....
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Dirty One Reviews
The stories were all okay, but nothing was particularly memorable. Not really recommended unless you need more GLBT fiction in your library, and even then: there are much better choices.
I'm not sure if the small town in this collection of short story is real or fictional, but i think the author in any case made it a gathering of an uneasiness that is common to most kids.The age varies from eight to eighteen but almost all of them have disfunctional families and almost all of them consider sex and sexuality a way to escape a reality they didnt feel their own and that scares them. What I appreciate of these young men is that, despite all the scare and the uncertainity of the future, they are willing to give it a try, more, some of them are even willimg to be there for younger brothers or little kids for whom the world is even scarier than for them.The parents here don't come out in a positive light, but truth be told some tried. The first one, for example, a widover father with a fading career in the movies, clearly love his sons, and he is tryimg really hard to give them a normal life, problem is that, like most of the other parents in this small town, he is even more scared of the world than his same children.The author chose to split the different stories among various characters, but actually it felt like the experience of only one, a gay teenager living in the late 80s, when people already knew what AIDS was, yet another thing to be scared, facing the reality of being a stranger to the small town where they were living. This gay teenager is not fenced perfect lawned yards, white small houses and sunday bbqs, he is fashion and movies, glamour and sex; but most of the time he is also the kid who is left back, and alone, while all the other cool, and normal, kids leave the nest to start their wonderful independent lives in the big cities, pushed by their momma and daddy money. The Dirty One instead has to fight with teeth and claws, and if he manages to break free, he will always have a baggage of hurt. But he will be also stronger, and more ready to kick out when real life will ask its toll.http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983285101/?...
Having been an androgynous girly-boy in the 80’s I empathized with the majority of Grave’s characters. There is no ambiguity here, these underage boys want other underage boys, desperately, and will do whatever is necessary to get their attention and keep it, including: drugs, emulational falttery, and agreeing to anything they want to do like Monster Truck rallies, attacking girls, and letting them “stick it in.” The POVs in these stories are primarily children who have experience beyond their years, but not maturity. There is absolutely no parental guidance; in fact the few parents who appear are worse off than their dysfunctional children. Running counter to the above observations, the stories are fraught with an innocence and blind hope that can be endearing. As an editor it was gratifying to see 2 stories I had published in VelvetMafia.com in a larger setting, “Curls and Curls” and “Seahorse”, which are standouts in this volume. And this is a testimonial to the 80’s, with nostalgic homages to Pop Rocks, Happy Meals (with toys), Night Flight, “puffers,” Ritalin, and equal doses of Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Def Leppard. Although on the slim side, this is a riveting one-sitting read that will take you to the wrong side of the tracks in Leomister (Lemon-stir, we are told it is pronounced), a polluted manufacturing town in Massachusetts. PS the presentation of the book by Chelsea Station Editions is beautiful.
Excellent set of stories set in Leominster, MA, in the 1980s with a wide range of characters. Using the once thriving factory town as a backdrop, the author draws us into a world where things aren't perfect, both the surroundings and the people. The stories introduce us to young and old struggling with who they are and finding their way through the world. Some build amazing fantasy lives, some try drugs to keep it together, still others manage to muddle along, looking for some happiness. Highly recommend this book of stories.
These stories sear in your head, following characters that might be screwing up but are always hoping for something better, more dazzling from life. There is an immediate pop (culturally and grammatically) from the prose, a fresh rhapsodic sprinting instead of the stately waltzing that is sometimes the norm of modern American short stories. Also, from hearing Graves read in person, there should be an author read audio book of this immediately!
There were some interesting things happening in this slim collection. I'll be organizing my thoughts and reviewing it for Lambda Literary, so stay tuned.Here it is:http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews...If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for more reviews!
These stories were well written and interesting. The characters are all very fucked up. I don't really like stories told by kids from their perspectives, but that's not really the writer's fault, just not my thing.