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The End of Boys

The End of Boys by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
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Peter Hoffmeister was a nervous child who ran away repeatedly and bit his fingernails until they bled. Home-schooled until the age of fourteen, he had only to deal with his parents and siblings on a daily basis, yet even that sometimes proved too much for him. Over the years, he watched his mother disintegrate into her own form of mania, while his fathera scholar and doctor who had once played semi-pro baseballwas strict and pushed Peter particularly hard. He wanted only the best from his son but in the process taught Peter to expect only the worst from himself. In the midst of his chaotic home life, Peter began to hear a voicean insistent, monotone that would periodically dictate his actions. When Peter finally entered public school he started to break free from his father’s controlonly to fall sway to the voice more and more. His obsessive-compulsive behavior morphed into ruthless competition in sports and, ultimately, into lies, violence, and drugs.

The End of Boys follows Hoffmeister to the very brink of sanity and back, in a harrowing and heartbreaking account of the trauma of adolescence and the redemption available to us all, if only we choose to find it.
Soft Skull Press; June 2011
224 pages; ISBN 9781593764586
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Title: The End of Boys
Author: Peter Brown Hoffmeister
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