Dishes

Rich Wallace, Author . Viking $16.99 (145p) ISBN 978-0-670-01139-1

What's a straight boy from New Jersey doing in a place like Dishes, a gay bar in a predominantly gay Maine tourist town? The answer, as revealed in this savvy coming-of-age novel: trying to make a connection with his absentee dad. But it isn't easy for college dropout Danny to develop a relationship with his father, Jack, who was 17 when Danny was born and who still lives like a teenager. Even though they share an apartment and work at the same bar (Jack mixes drinks, Danny washes dishes), they don't have much in common. But while Jack stays out most nights, Danny gets to know other people in town: his mostly gay co-workers and customers, and a girl he meets while out for his daily run. Taking a departure from sports-themed fiction, Wallace (Wrestling Sturbridge ) looks beneath stereotypes about gays and teen fatherhood as he shares Danny's induction into a new subculture. The author's ear for dialogue and sharp timing will keep readers turning pages to find out who will grow up first, Danny or his dad. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/06/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
Genre: Children's
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