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Literature: Boy's Life
Cory Mackenson, age 12, lives in Zephyr, Alabama, a quiet town that has an odd air of magic to it. One day, while Cory is out with his father delivering milk, the two witness the aftermath of a horrific murder, the victim disappearing in a lake. Tom Mackenson is deeply haunted by this, and Cory attempts to find clues to the identity of the murderer.

...and yet, despite the above event, this book is truly about the life of a boy. The murder provides a story arc. a conflict and a climax, but Boy's Life is, at its core, a Slice of Life novel, alternating between heartwarming and heartwrenching events in one year of Cory's life.

One of Robert R. McCammon's best known books, and winner of the 1992 World Fantasy Award, Boy's Life is something along the lines of "To Kill a Mockingbird, but with a 12-year-old boy in the 1960's.

Not to be confused with the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America titled Boys' Life.

This novel contains examples of:

The Boy in the Striped PyjamasLiterature of the 1990sBride of the Rat God
TiganaWorld Fantasy AwardBone Dance
White TeethLit FicThe White Tiger

alternative title(s): Boys Life
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