Dream Boy

Dream Boy

by Jim Grimsley

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ALA Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Book Award. DREAM BOY confirms the immense promise of Jim Grimsley's award-winning debut, WINTER BIRDS. In his electrifying novel, adolescent gay love, violence, and the spirituality of old-time religion are combined through the alchemy of Grimsley's vision into a powerfully suspenseful story of escape and redemption. "I've never read a novel remotely like DREAM BOY; and my admiration for Jim Grimsley's power is widened and deepened."--Reynolds Price; "Translucent prose and emotional authenticity."--Out. A QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB SELECTION.

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ISBN-13: 9781565127272
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 01/09/1995
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 286,877
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Jim Grimsley is the author of four previous novels, among them Winter Birds, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Dream Boy, winner of the GLBTF Book Award for literature; My Drowning, a Lila-Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award winner; and Comfort and Joy. He lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University.

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Dream Boy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
larrbear More than 1 year ago
im an 18yr gay teen who doesn't normally read much but when i do i try to find a gay related book so i have read a few of them. with dream boy i found it hard in the beginning to get in to it chap.1 was a little dry but it started to pick up and buy the chapter 5 i would be up all night reading and i found myself full of emotions all at once. something i never expected to happen when reading or even a movie i cryed and when i finished the book i had stoped but afew mins later thinkabout the book i started to cry again and i felt the need to come and review it i finished the booke 24 mins ago
blakefraina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, along with Marilyne Robinson's "Housekeeping," this book is the most beautifully written, heartfelt I have ever read. My reaction was so similar to other reviewers who posted here, I don't know if I have anything new to add. However, I feel so strongly about this book that I am compelled to contribute my opinion anyway. I, too, read "Dream Boy" in one sitting and, upon finishing, felt bereft, devastated for days afterward. The book's power derives not merely from the fairly simple, straightforward story, but from the writing itself which is positively transcendent. Mr. Grimsley works magic, at once exercising incredible brevity while achieving a kind of quiet poetry with his carefully chosen words. A boy's body, arching toward his lover, is described as a "curve of yearning," and at their first touch, the other boy, "...makes one sound, throaty and startled, like an animal giving a single warning." Spare, sensual, erotic, yet strangely disquieting. Grimsley manages to create an aura of wonderment, joy even, in the boys' sexual discovery while at the same time running an undercurrent of dread through the entire slim volume, foreshadowing the book's heartwrenching climax. Interestingly, although I suspect most people misinterpreted or simply missed this, Grimsley provides several clues strongly suggesting that it's jealousy, not homophopia that precipitates the story's inevitable, horrifying tragedy. The final nine chapters, some as brief as half a page, present a spiritual, open ended denouement that offers a whisper of hope for those of us still haunted and despairing.
2chances on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, I don't know what to make of this. I heard about it on NPR; the commentator, a gay man, said he wished he had had this book when he was a teenager, because it would have told him he was not alone. That seemed a good reason to read it.Dream Boy follows Nathan, a bright, delicate 15-year-old-boy, as he falls into a dreamlike courtship with Roy, an older, popular boy at Nathan's new school. Though the sex never feels prurient, the novel is unrelentingly sexual. I started to wonder if there was a single moment of Nathan's life when he wasn't obsessing about sex - and then I realized that Nathan is a fifteen-year-old boy, so the answer might well be NO.What makes the novel so powerful (and it is powerful) is the haunting sense of doom that hangs over every moment: sex is dangerous to Nathan in ways that I can hardly imagine, and his situation made me want to hurry up and finish the book before everything came crashing down. The relationship between the two boys is poignant, confused, touchingly inarticulate, and haunted by the emotional and physical peril implicit in their bond. The final denouement, which takes place in a haunted house, is both eerie and disturbingly concrete; my conscious mind was going "Wait, what happened there?" while some inner part of me was saying, "I think I get it." But I'm still not sure I do.This is a very short novel, almost a novella; but it's complex, lyrical, disturbing. Worth reading.
Bembo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathan and his parents have just moved into their rented farm house, they seem to move around a lot. Next door live the owners with their son Roy. Nathan and Roy attend the same school. Roy, who also drives the school bus, is two years older than Nathan, but Nathan is bright, and is advanced a year in his schooling; the two quickly become friends. Nathan helps Roy with his homework, including English, and Roy reciprocates, helping Nathan with algebra. The two boys agree to be buddies. During school Roy joins Nathan to eat lunch and then they spend time with Roy¿s friends Randy and Burke. Then during one homework session, with the two boys sitting close together, a touch gradually becomes something more until the two are passionately embracing on Nathan¿s bed. So begins their intimate relationship, with Nathan totally enamoured by Roy; however Roy at times seems distant and unsure as, it seems, he tries to understand their powerful attraction, and frequently reminds Nathan not to tell anyone about the nature their relationship. Yet while Nathan throws himself wholeheartedly into their affair, he has is own dark secrets, secrets that for a while the reader can only guess. Despite their problems their relationship continues and they sometimes join Randy and Burke for outings.When, as his nightmarish secret problem threatens again and things become difficult for Nathan Roy supports him, but never pries into this secret. Then one weekend the two boys arrange to go on a camping trip along with Randy and Burke, all is well, even enchanting, until they arrive at the large long-deserted and supposedly haunted plantation house.This is a wonderful story of love, loyalty and devotion, beautiful written creating an atmospheric and haunting air of mystery. The characters are believable, and in the case of Roy and Nathan, especially appealing. Mostly tender, occasionally violent, sometimes erotic, and always eloquent as it builds towards its magical dream-like finale, Dream Boy is a truly captivating and positive tale, highly recommended; my thanks to those who recommended it to me.
lycomayflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story of two teenaged boys falling in love in rural North Carolina in the 60s. The boys' feelings for each other were convincingly and tenderly rendered on the page, and the setting did much to illustrate how these characters are. I did find the pacing a bit off, with the back third seeming to take the story places the front thirds didn't prepare me for. I expected not to get out of the story without violence, and that expectation was met. But nothing in the early chapters suggested or led up to the ambiguous, half-mystical ending. I'm okay with coming out of a novel with questions, but only if the questions are useful. The questions I'm left with at the end of [Dream Boy] just make me think Grimsley didn't quite do his job. Three stars for plot/structure. Five for writing/characterization. Gets you four in my math class.
BinnieBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. This one was so many different things: sweet, innocent, sad, tragic and touching. It will stay with me a long time. I really enjoyed reading the book but it is disturbing.
sandburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and beautifully written. It's very sad and heartbreaking but there is also hope. But the last chapters are too short and confusing. I had to read them a second time to fully understand the end.
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley Nathan and his family have moved to Potter's Lake. Nathan has had to move many times because his god-fearing father, Harland, is an alcoholic child molester. Their new house is a farmhouse and it's near The Connelly's. Roy Connelly is a senior at Nathan's high school where Nathan is a freshman. However Nathan is very smart and he takes several courses with juniors. Roy notices Nathan from his first day in school and find excuses to be alone with him. Soon Roy and Nathan develop a sexual relationship. As things start again between Nathan and his father - Nathan is forced to sleep outside in the woods. Roy helps Nathan to survive. Nathan is accepted into Roy's social circle and is invited to go on a camping trip with Roy and his friends Randy and Burke. During the trip, they discover an abandoned and possibly haunted plantation house and Nathan and Roy are discovered in a compromising situation. Embarrassed, Roy abandons Nathan at the plantation. Burke searches for Nathan and later on rapes and hits Nathan with a chair handle. Nathan is left for dead. Readers are left to decide whether Nathan is killed or not, as he is seen returning to town and finding Roy. The book is narrated in the third person point of view, mostly Nathan's. This is a coming of age novel with a dark twist. A book where pedophilia and homosexual love are intertwined. A book where rape runs rampart. I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked to have the book show Roy's point of view, as well as Burke's. I thought it would have made a much better read if this were the case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to draw a lot of your own conclusions but its worth it.
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This book moved me to tears. What a haunting, beautiful tale.
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Nic-Matt-Tiff-Chrys More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of the best books I have ever read. It is a perfect depiction of pure and simple love and the way it is affected by external forces. This is a very compelling novel.
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Beautifully written yet ultimately disturbing, Jim Grimsley's "Dream Boy" is not for everyone. A contemporary teen gay love story set in the rural South, "Dream Boy" makes for a compelling novella with a Southern Gothic feel. Grimsley is a master of atmosphere as the boys explore their evolving relationship in secret with the backwoods as a backdrop, almost a third character. A dark family secret of one of the boys hangs over the relationship, ultimately propelling the story to a horrific denouement. Recommended for lovers of great Southern writing.
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curiouscupcake More than 1 year ago
I was literally bawling my eyes out by the end. This book was so amazingly written. Nothing had title's stamped on it such as 'gay', it was just love in plain writing. I can't recall a time when I felt so strongly for a book. I reccomend this to everyone and anyone looking for an astounding read. (that can be re-read)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was a teenager. I rediscovered it and I am glad that I did. I highly sugest this book to any one.
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