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Twelve-year-old Fee is a shy Korean American boy and a newly named section leader of the first sopranos in his local boys' choir. But when Fee learns how the director treats his section leaders, he is so ashamed he says nothing of the abuse, not even when Peter, his best friend, is in line to be next. 

When the director is arrested, Fee tries to forgive himself for his silence. But when Peter takes his own life, Fee blames only himself. In the years that follow, he slowly builds a new life, teaching near his hometown. There he meets a young student who is the picture of Peter and is forced to confront the past he believed was gone.

Told with "the force of a dream and the heft of a life," Edinburgh marked Chee "as a major talent whose career will bear watching" (Publishers Weekly).

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Winner of a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.

©2018 Alexander Chee (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Oof, right in the feels

That one was rough to listen to, not because it was bad, it was actually a beautiful book, but there is so much pain in it and the way it is written and presented by the narrator, it hit me deeply. It's going into my list of favorites, that's saying something, because I own over 1000 titles and only have 8 books in my favorite list. Just make sure you're emotionally ready for this one, It's painful, but so worth it

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Almost loved it

I almost loved this book. Was really hooked by the narrator’s strength of voice and progression throughout. Giving 4 stars because of a few deus ex machina moments that I’d prefer realism over towards the end. But all reviews are subjective so take with a grain of salt.

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A Beautifully written, tragic story.

A coming of age tale in part, but be aware that it deals with pedophilia. What at first is a relatively straightforward story turns into a skillfully woven and complex one.

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Wow wow wow

I listened to “how to write an autobiographical novel” first which gave me some insight before listening to this one and it was stunning, upsetting, weirdly calm, and just intense in an emotional and story way. Really elegant.

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Beautifully written and poignant novel

This was an amazing novel that knocked me out— with the main character’s tragic life and the author’s another-level writing. The performance was also pitch perfect. It is is tough story to listen to but do compelling that I could not put down.

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Awesome

Great book, kept my attention all the way to the end, amazing audio delivery, loved it. Will be reading again, every chapter was received amazingly do recommend you give it a read.

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Magnificent use of allusions
This author is a superb writer of the English language. Touchingly heartbreaking,,, but I wanted more. I highly recommend this beautiful written book to all. Great narration too.