Sprout Bradford has a secret.
It's not what you think. He'll tell you he's gay. He'll tell you about his dad's drinking and his mother's dead. And the green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair...
At times hilarious, at times heart-breaking, this is the story of a boy at odds with expected.
When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to the midst of rural Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, Sprout realises that Kansas is not quite as empty as he though it was going to be.
Subverting stereotypes and packed with humour, Sprout is an incredible coming of age story about a boy who knows he is gay in a town that seem to have no place to hide.
Dale Peck is the American novelist and journalist who is know for his acerbic wit and uncompromised critical stance,. His novel Martin and John was published to huge critical acclaim over fifteen years ago. Since then, Dale has published a very frank and moving memoir of his father, What We Lost, published by Granta.
Other books by Dale Peck include: The Drift House (2005) and Lost Cities (2007), both of which were written for children. Sprout is first Young Adult novel.
Dale lives in New York City.
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Author: Dale Peck