The Death of Fernie: The Best Little Book Ever Written About Real Little Boys in the 1950s

  • by Daniel Altieri
  • Narrated by Clay Lomakayu
  • 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Boomers and Bullies
In The Death of Fernie: The Best Little Book Ever Written About Real Little Boys in the 1950s, critically acclaimed author Daniel Altieri has turned his attentions to something completely different - a foray into an East Coast childhood of the Eisenhower era. The Death of Fernie is a free-spirited tale with special resonance for the postwar generation, who grew up in that time of imagination and awakening. It's written mainly from the point of view of the boys, preadolescents in the scary post-grammar-school world. A tale of bullies and abuse, of rich flights of imagination and reflection, when phones dialed, there were three channels on TV, and flying saucers hovered everywhere.
It's 1958 in rural Connecticut, and three boys between 10 and 11 years old - Tommy (from a stable, "normal" family), Jose (Hispanic, Catholic), and Jimmy (underfed child of a poor, single, alcoholic mother, has a severely retarded sister) - have been pals since first grade. But it's September, and the safe, cozy innocence of elementary school is behind them. Now they must enter the scary, new world of junior high school. In their small New England mill town, every kid from whatever side of the tracks goes to this same big school: kids from green-lawned houses where mothers put clear plastic on the lampshades and carpets, kids from houses where dilapidated sofas and car parts clutter the sagging porches and sumac-overgrown yards - it doesn't matter; they all get tossed together in a survival-of-the-fittest way. It's a hard time for our three pals. And it's about to get harder.
Daniel Altieri is the coauthor of several international best sellers: The Court of the Lion, Iron Empress, and Shangri-La: The Return to the World of Lost Horizon.

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Wonderful Remembering of Times Past

What did you love best about The Death of Fernie: The Best Little Book Ever Written About Real Little Boys in the 1950s?

The book brought back my own memories of growing up. The story pulls you along a nostalgic trail but with the foreshadowing of menace all around at the same time


What other book might you compare The Death of Fernie: The Best Little Book Ever Written About Real Little Boys in the 1950s to and why?

A bit of J.D. Salinger combined with a dash of Hemmingway's Nick Adams stories.


What does Clay Lomakayu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reading brings the book alive as you hear the characters speaking and feel the tension in the action.


If you could take any character from The Death of Fernie: The Best Little Book Ever Written About Real Little Boys in the 1950s out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jose. He seems more sensitive, somehow less street smart, but very wise underneath all that.


Any additional comments?

I liked the audible book so much that I went ahead and purchased a paper copy on Amazon.

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- Socratic Eclectic

Great evocative writing!

The author has really captured what it was like to be a young boy in the 50s. The story draws you in from start to finish, and the narrator definitely does the story justice. A great read!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks