Merit Badges by Kevin Fenton
(New Issues Poetry & Prose)

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Winner of the AWP Award for the NovelTop 10 Reasons You Should Read Merit Badges:1. Junior high is funny when it happens to someone else.2. You were a Boy Scout.3. Owning the book might make people think you were a Boy Scout.4. Lost is no longer on television.5. Minnisapa, Minnesota might be a lot like your hometown.6. You like lists.7. Your adolescence lasted twenty years, too.8. There aren't any vampires.9. It has that 'new-book' smell.10. Because if you don't, you re a dube.Prepare to encounter loss and love, sex and drugs, sitcoms and bowling. Follow four friends as they move from The Brady Bunch to Seinfeld, from junior high to middle management. There is Quint, whose rebellion frays into self-destruction; Slow, who struggles to become the world s first teenage father figure; Chimes, who fears losing his friends while picking up a 7-10 split; and Barb who escapes the conformity of Minnisapa only to find herself returning by dark of night. You will feel as if you ve always lived in Minnisapa, Minnesota. And you will never underestimate nice kids from the Midwest again.

About Kevin Fenton

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Kevin Fenton lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota and works as an advertising writer and creative director. His fiction has appeared in the Northwest Review, the Laurel Review, and the Emprise Review. His writing on graphic design has been anthologized in Looking Closer 2 and Emigre No. 70: The Look Back Issue. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Published January 3, 2011 by New Issues Poetry & Prose. 233 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An impressive vitality, droll wit, and affecting nostalgia lift Fenton's first novel about four high school pals growing up together during the 1970s in the fictional town of Minnisapa, Minn.: Chimes

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The characters and setting are familiar but definitely not generic in Kevin Fenton's fictional Minnesota town of Minnisapa. "Merit Badges," his debut novel, positively glows.

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Immersed in their own struggles, some seem oblivious to the pain their friends suffer and one longs for someone to open their eyes, recognize someone else’s troubles, and reach out, perhaps finding strength for both to get through.

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