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Robert McCammon delivers his award-winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch readers universally.

Boy’s Life is a richly imagined, spellbinding portrait of the magical worldview of the young—and of innocence lost.

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson, a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake—and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father’s pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown—for his father’s sanity and his own life hang in the balance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The kind of naïve and sentimental storytelling most of us thought we had to give up with the Hardy Boys, Albert Payson Terhune, and baseball-card biographies…For sheer screwball storytelling exuberance, McCammon’s book is hard to top.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A magical mystery tour of growing up in the deep south…Boy’s Life handles coming of age and a boy’s coming to grips with life and death magnificently. McCammon has created—at least up to this point in his career—his masterwork.”


  • “A tour de force of storytelling.”


  • “The mystery will satisfy the most finicky aficionado; McCammon has also produced a boisterous, poignant travelogue through a stormy season in one boy’s life, peopled with the zaniest, most memorable Southern characters since those of Harper Lee.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Strongly echoing the childhood elegies of King and Bradbury and every bit their equal: a cornucopia of bittersweet fantasy storytelling that is by far McCammon’s finest book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1991 Bram Stoker Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Al | 9/25/2011

    " A real classic for anyone who grew up in a small town in the 50s/60s....it will bring back many memories for anyone from that era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 9/15/2011

    " Read it because someone at work told me it was a GREAT book! In my opinion, an average book about a boy's coming of age but nothing WOW about it and I wouldn't suggest someone else to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 9/4/2011

    " Just as wonderful the second time around. One of my all time favorites. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 9/3/2011

    " Take a walk into the past and stir in a bit of murder with mysterious powers to make you wonder! A really great story teller. Thank you Mr. Thompkins! "

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