Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award winner for Sun Dogs
It is 1965, and Eric is 16. It's a year to fix in the mind, especially when you're a boy stretching to become an adult. You pull away from parents. You discover Louise, her stunning black hair and eager brown eyes. Your first kiss is like falling into the House of Pleasure. The seven interlinked stories in Necking with Louise immerse teen readers in the coming of age of a robust but sensitive teenager. The stories chronicle his encounter with a sudden prairie blizzard, his discovery of the heart-breaking unpredictability of first love, his role in a championship hockey game, his first summer job, and his memories of his grandfather. But they also scratch into the rich prairie earth a record of Eric's candid search for manhood.
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in between he nearly dies in a sudden blizzard (“Sun Dogs”), fishes a suicide out of “The River,” plays in a thrilling, hard-fought hockey game, discovers the pleasures of passionate lip-locking in the title story, and becomes conscious of the world outside his own narrow experience during “The S...| Read Full Review of Necking with Louise
Other chapters show different sides of tough yet sensitive Eric, as a lover who feels the sting of rejection as sharply as the first flutters of romance, as a member of the work force who learns some bittersweet lessons at his first job, and as a loyal son springing from a long line of stoic farm...| Read Full Review of Necking with Louise
In a starred review of this tale, told in seven self-contained chapters, about growing up in rural Canada during the 1960s, PW said, "Writing with hindsight and keen perception, the author extracts humor and truth—and a few life lessons—from a thoroughly likable adolescent's day-to-day trials."| Read Full Review of Necking with Louise