A refreshing debut novel set in the States in the deep south near New Orleans. There is just Joe and his 'Mom', trying to adjust to his father's death. Joe is learning to cope with his own sexuality and life as a teenager in a pretty rough area.
Joe was newly sixteen. He had the rosy aspect, and the swagger, and the skinny arms, and the bad reputation. He was a brooder, a magazine reader, a swaying dancer at mellow jazzy rap parties. He kept his hair cut short like the other smoked out newbies at Metairie Park Country Day, and the only shoes he wore were black suede pumas.