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Author: Abigail Tarttelin Narrator: Abigail Tarttelin, Keith Nobbs, James Langton, Christian Coulson, Kate Reading, Anita Sabherwal Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442359833

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From rising literary star Abigail Tarttelin, an unforgettable novel about a boy, a secret, and the single traumatizing event that sends his seemingly charmed life into tailspin

Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and a perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother, Daniel, a decidedly imperfect ten-year-old. Karen Walker is a beautiful, highly successful criminal lawyer, who works hard to maintain the facade of effortless excellence she has constructed over the years. Now that the boys are getting older, now that she won’t have as much control, she worries that the facade might soon begin to crumble. Steve Walker is also a successful prosecutor, so much so that he is running for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives.

But the Walkers have a secret. Max was born with forty-six XX chromosomes and forty-six XY chromosomes, which makes him intersex. He identifies as a boy and so has been raised lovingly that way. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of Max’s past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won’t his parents talk about it? Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the golden boy? Who is Max and who will he be in the years ahead?

While Max and his family face life-changing questions, revelations, and the ever-present threat that Hunter presents, Max falls in love. He might be flawed, but could he be the perfectly imperfect boyfriend for misfit Sylvie Clark, the oddball loner in his class?

Told in first person narratives alternating between Max, Daniel, Karen, Sylvie, Steve, and Archie, the physician who attempts to guide Max through this pivotal moment in his life, Golden Boy is at once a riveting novel of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

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  • “She has written a novel that goes beyond the page and reaches into a reader’s heart and stays there, never to leave, never to be forgotten. Golden Boy is that good of a novel, and Tarttelin is that gifted of a writer.”

    - Lorenzo Carcaterra, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers
  • “Golden Boy is terrific. A poignant, brave, and important book.”

    - S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep
  • “Gripping, emotionally engaging, and genuinely unforgettable.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Abigail Tarttelin is a fearless writer…This is a gripping and fully-realized novel.”

    - Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet
  • “Gripping and beautifully-written, Abigail Tarttelin’s Golden Boy is a courageous and profound exploration of social and sexual identity and its world of manifold complexities and challenges.”

    - Sahar Delijani, author of Children of the Jacaranda Tree
  • “Golden Boy is at once meditative and swift, a coming-of-age tale about the difficulties of growing up amid shame and secrets and success. Abigail Tarttelin writes with a sharp-eyed grace in this fascinating, heartfelt gem of a novel.”

    - Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon
  • “Gritty yet humane, startlingly modern yet utterly timeless, Golden Boy hits all the deepest, biggest novelistic notes—family, identity, tragedy and hope—without the merest hint of strain.”

    - Rachel Shukert, author of Starstruck


  • A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBT Debut Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 YALSA Alex Award
  • A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • Booklist Top 10, Best First Novel 2013

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About the Author

Abigail Tarttelin is a twenty-four-year-old writer and actress. The book editor for Phoenix magazine in the UK, she lives in London.

About the Narrators

Keith Nobbs is a stage, television, and film actor who is best known for his portrayal of Joey Ice Cream in the television series The Black Donnellys. He has acted on Broadway with the Roundabout Theatre Company and appeared in such television shows as The Sopranos, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. 

James Langton, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film, and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.

Christian Coulson is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and an actor best known for his role as Tom Marvolo Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Other film credits include Take Me Back, I Am Nasrine, and Amateurs.

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy). Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.

Anita Sabherwal is a voice and film actor known for her roles in Neptunus Rex, Bazookas: The Movie, and Motherland.