Boy A is the story of a young man, who, convicted of a monstrous childhood crime, is released into society after spending his youth behind bars. Since his real identity must be concealed from the media and the public, he chooses a new name, Jack, from the Big Book of Boys’ Names. Boy A is the story both of society’s bungled attempt to rehabilitate Jack into everyday life, and of Jack’s quest for stability and normality in an alien world.
Pondering nature and nurture, crime and punishment, the media and personal integrity, Boy A is a stunning first novel written with skill and compassion.
- Publishing Details:
- Serpent�s Tail, 2004