Sonny Dennison lives with his grandparents, attends the local Catholic
High and hangs out with Alfred, his cynical best friend. Home from
summer vacation after an innocent romance with Ginny, he becomes sexually
excited by Lela, a local temptress who is older and evidently experienced.
Fascinated by religious
stories of the youthful decadence of Augustine and Mary Magdalene's
devotion to Jesus, Sonny is a dreamer who loves creating poetry and
pictures and gets lost in reveries.
Yet, in typical teen paradox, his idol is
the worldly Dion, a local stud renowned for his athletic and amorous
No wonder Sonny soon confuses all the
women in his life: his mother, his step-sister, Ginny, Magdalene, and
Lela. Still, he relentlessly chases Leila, wins her, but must answer
the eternal question faced by teens: is there fulfillment in sex for its
own sake? In the end Sonny discovers the value of transcendent
beauty. He awakens.
This humorous and moving tale of a boy coming of age will appeal to
readers of both genders, from young adult to the elderly.
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jack Forge graduated with a
Master of Arts in English from the University of Iowa and has been a teacher
for many years. Having read and written poetry, essays, plays, and stories
most of his life, he has decided to pursue the work as a career. So far he
has completed two novels and is working on a third.
For a taste of poetry by Jack Forge, visit
Mocha Memoirs, which features his poem
Keats, or Dreamuse: A
Source for Literary Art, Original Music, and Writing Services