Lowboy

by Wray, John, 1971-

Format: Print Book 2009
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Summary
Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a sixteen-yearold paranoid schizophrenic, gets on an uptown B train alone. Like most people he knows, Will believes the world is being destroyed by climate chan≥ unlike most people, he's convinced he can do something about it. Unknown to his doctors, unknown to the police-unknown even to Violet Heller, his devoted mother-Will alone holds the key to the planet's salvation. To cool down the world, he has to cool down his own overheating body: to cool down his body, he has to find one willing girl. And he already has someone in mind.   Lowboy , John Wray's third novel, tells the story of Will's fantastic and terrifying odyssey through the city's tunnels, back alleys, and streets in search of Emily Wallace, his one great hope, and of Violet Heller's desperate attempts to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. She is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing-persons specialist, who gradually comes to discover that more is at stake than the recovery of a runaway teen: Violet-beautiful, enigmatic,and as profoundly at odds with the world as her son-harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril.   Suspenseful and comic, devastating and hopeful by turns, Lowboy is a fearless exploration of youth, sex, and violence in contemporary America, seen through one boy's haunting and extraordinary vision.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Whiting Award-winner Wray's third novel is the surpassingly strange story of Will Heller, a 16-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who has gone off his meds. Called Lowboy for his moods and for his fascination with New York subway trains and deep-sea diving, Will is on a largely subterranean quest to save the world from an imminent, global warming-caused death. How he plans to accomplish this feat involves his former girlfriend, Emily, whom he may have previously attempted to murder. In pursuit of him are a missing-persons detective, Ali Lateef, and his mother, Violet. Wray's third-person point of view shifts among Will, Ali, and Violet, none of whom is necessarily a reliable or completely forthcoming narrator. Though the denouement and a promised revelation about Violet are sadly predictable, Wray is an obviously gifted writer, whose treatment of Will is a tour de force of empathy, style, and imagination.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wray's captivating third novel drifts between psychological realities while exploring the narrative poetics of schizophrenia. The story centers on Will Heller, a 16-year-old New Yorker who has stopped taking his antipsychotic medication and wandered away from the mental hospital into the subway tunnels believing that the world will end within a few hours and that only he can save it. It's a novel that defies easy categorization, although in one sense it's a mystery, as a detective, Lateef, is on the case, assisted by Will's troubled mother, Violet. As Lateef tracks Will and gains some startling insight into Violet, Wray deploys brilliant hallucinatory visuals, including chilling descriptions of the subway system and an imaginary river flowing beneath Manhattan. In his previous works, Wray has shown that he's not a stranger to dark themes, and with this tightly wound novel, he reaches new heights. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Boys -- Fiction.
Schizophrenia -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Low boy
Language English
Description 258 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780374194161 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0374194165 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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