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Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
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Set in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1970s, this is a novel of the anarchic joy of youth and encounters with the concerns of early adulthood. Francis Doyle, Tim Sullivan, and their three closest friends are altar boys at Blessed Heart Catholic Church and eighth-grade classmates at the parish school. They are also inveterate pranksters, artistic, and unimpressed by adult authority. When Sodom vs. Gomorrah '74, their collaborative comic book depicting Blessed Heart's nuns and priests gleefully breaking the seventh commandment, falls into the hands of the principal, the boys, certain that their parents will be informed, conspire to create an audacious diversion. Woven into the details of the boys' preparations for the stunt are touching, hilarious renderings of the school day routine and the initiatory rites of male adolescence, from the first serious kiss to the first serious hangover.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Thirteen
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. The Usual Gang of Idiots
  2. pp. 9-25
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  1. A Discipline Problem
  2. pp. 26-38
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  1. What Happened to God
  2. pp. 39-49
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  1. Where the Wild Things Are
  2. pp. 50-61
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  1. A Priest with a Girlfriend
  2. pp. 62-72
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  1. Did You Think I Was Tame?
  2. pp. 73-79
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  1. Southern Gothic
  2. pp. 80-86
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  1. Precipitation and Anchovies
  2. pp. 87-93
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  1. Shopping on a Budget
  2. pp. 94-101
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  1. Rebels of the Blessed Heart
  2. pp. 102-113
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  1. Pets
  2. pp. 114-119
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  1. Food Chain
  2. pp. 120-129
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  1. A Test of the Emergency Broadcast System
  2. pp. 130-139
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  1. Welcome to Horrible Movies
  2. pp. 140-155
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  1. Another Color
  2. pp. 156-163
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  1. Bwana Tim
  2. pp. 164-171
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  1. Banshee in the Woods
  2. pp. 172-180
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  1. Underground
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Not Approved by the Comics Code Authority
  2. pp. 185-189
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