Child of My Right Hand

The stunning third novel from acclaimed author Eric Goodman is the story of a middle class family college professors Jack and Genna Barish and their two children, fourteen year old Lizzy and seventeen year old Simon The four have just moved to Tipton, Ohio, a small town divided by bigotry and class tensions, when Simon announces to his family, and eventually to the town,The stunning third novel from acclaimed author Eric Goodman is the story of a middle class family college professors Jack and Genna Barish and their two children, fourteen year old Lizzy and seventeen year old Simon The four have just moved to Tipton, Ohio, a small town divided by bigotry and class tensions, when Simon announces to his family, and eventually to the town, what his parents have long suspected that he is gay.As Jack and Genna struggle to deal with their son s sexuality, his oppressive, ever present teenaged angst and the conflicts that are raised within their marriage, the complex dynamics of a family unfold love, doubt, betrayal, and sympathy all strikingly caught by the author Equally vivid are the Tipton residents spectrum of reactions to Simon, ranging from open acceptance to acts of violent rage This is a beautifully written and complex work of fiction.
Child of My Right Hand The stunning third novel from acclaimed author Eric Goodman is the story of a middle class family college professors Jack and Genna Barish and their two children fourteen year old Lizzy and seventeen

  • Title: Child of My Right Hand
  • Author: Eric K. Goodman
  • ISBN: 9781402203060
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Eric K. Goodman

    Eric Goodman is a graduate of both Yale and Stanford University, where he received an M.A in Creative Writing.He has published four novels Child of My Right Hand, In Days of Awe, The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall, and High on the Energy Bridge During his notorious Los Angeles years, he wrote episodic television scripts and feature length screenplays, a practice he continues to this day Other publications include short stories and than 150 non fiction pieces in national publications including Travel Leisure, Saveur, Travel Leisure Golf, GQ, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Departures, Glamour, Life and Buzz.By day, Eric is a Professor of English and directs the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio He is hard at work on his fifth novel, Identity Thief, a story of race, love and history set against a backdrop of racial problems in Cincinnati in 1841 and 2001.

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    • Molly said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      One of the most accurate and readable books about adolescence I have ever read. Even though it was painful at times, I enjoyed every heartbreakingly honest minute. A must-read for all teens and their parents. This should go on the shelf next to such greats as Tobias Woolf's This Boy's Life, Judy Blume's Forever, and Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep.

    • Benjamin said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      he story revolves around the husband and wife Profs Barish, and their two children Simon and Lizzie. The Barish family has just moved to Tipton, a conservative and narrow community, two weeks before school opens, with Simon about to start his first year in high school. Jack and Genna Barish’s marriage is a little shaky, Jack has been tempted before, and there will be more temptation to come in the from Simon’s special teacher Marla Lindstrom. Simon is a little effeminate, overweight, openly [...]

    • Susan said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      This book started slowly for me. I can see now that it was because Goodman really wanted us to become part of the family whose lives make up the book. And it's well worth the effort. Goodman uses a somewhat unique style of shifting narrators: mom, dad, gay teenage son Simon (there's also a younger daughter, Lizzie). The parents are college professors, and the family has just moved to Tipton, Ohio, to avoid the long commute they'd been making from Cincinnati.The story covers a number of months in [...]

    • Kita said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      I took a workshop in Iowa with Eric Goodman this summer and read his most recent book, Twelfth and Race, before the workshop. I was interested in reading this book after hearing him talk about it. It's not an autobiography, but Goodman raised his own gay son in a college town in Ohio. (Child of My Right Hand is the story of a family in Ohio and part of the novel is about how they deal with homophobia in their small college town.) I love how everyone in the book is flawed yet you are rooting for [...]

    • Grey853 said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      This is an excellent book about growing up gay in the U.S. where homophobia is more prominent than tolerance. It's an extremely touching story about Simon as he and his family move to a new town and he begins his junior year. It doesn't take long for the local rednecks to start the harassment and for the bullying to begin. However, it's not just about Simon. It's also about his whole family and how they too are impacted by the attacks. I highly recommend it.

    • Judy Mann said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      This book is a deadly bore. It's like reading a very dull Hallmark card about just how really groovey it is to have a gay son. It's complete drek. Why didn't the author just tell his son directly and save a few trees, not to mention my time and my patience? Rosey, peachy clean crap. Not on of these characters are believable. Not one of them makes any sense. Really -a very bad Hallmark card. Father knows best and all that blathering crap.I'm done. JM

    • Mrs. Reed said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      This is the kind of book I'm always looking for. The characters were real and the story came naturally from their personalities. Goodman's style is beautiful and I look forward to reading him again.

    • Danielle said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      I picked this up at the library just b/c it looked good. I enjoyed it, though I liked the first half better than the second half and I thought it ended rather abruptly, like he couldn't think of what else to say. But I'm glad I read it.

    • Tim said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      An engaging story of a gay teen who faces the common challenges of high-school bullying combined with academic difficulties and parents who love their children (and each other) but have their own issues that complicate the family dynamics.

    • Beth said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      Overall this book was well-written. My main quibble is with the characterization of the mother. She's supposed to be a women's studies prof and yet she hadn't seemed to absorb much feminist thinking at all. I think the author's sexism was showing a bit there.

    • Tena said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 04:06 AM

      This was an extremely touching book that covered a variety of difficult subjects. It was truly an eye opener about the life of a homosexual teen boy.

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