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Phil LaMarche



Phil LaMarche was born in 1976 and grew up between New Hampshire and northern New York State. Raised with a love of the outdoors, his passion for whitewater kayaking has taken him all over the world.

After graduating in English and Textual Studies, he gained an MFA at Syracuse University and was subsequently awarded the Ivan Klima Fellowship in Fiction in Prague and a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship in St. Petersburg. His story, In the Tradition of My Family, published in the 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Story anthology, has been made into a short film by Now or Later Productions. He now lives in upstate New York.

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American Youth

Phil LaMarche
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Phil LaMarche

In this taut and powerful novel, a young teenager is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident at his home. Coerced by his mother to lie about his role in the incident, he finds he has nonetheless earned the admiration of a sinister group of boys at his school - calling themselves 'American Youth', they subscribe to a twisted notion of traditional, puritanical values. As he gets sucked into their orbit, and entangled with the girlfriend of the group's leader, he struggles to hold on to a sense of right and wrong. Set in a New England town riven by social and ideological tensions - as newcomers encroach on an old rural culture - this is a classic portrait of a boy's rites of passage in an America ill at ease with itself.