What Does Dream Boy Sound Like?

You can say a lot of things about Stephanie Meyer but when I stumbled across the playlist on her website she'd compiled for her Twilight series I thought, yeah!, that is a brilliant idea.

So, every so often on A Certain Bent Appeal I'm going to post a companion playlist to a book.

Today's pick is Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley.

Nathan is a lonely adolescent boy. His family has just moved to the rural South - they seem to have moved a lot and although the reason for this is not completely explained, the uneasy feeling imbued in each page tells us that something is very much amiss.

Roy lives in the adjacent farm house and he's the perfect antidote to Nathan's family life (read: an emotionally absent mother and angry, scripture-quoting father). Their friendship soon blossoms into something more, with consequences neither of them could have imagined.

This is a simple book with spare prose yet its power is astounding. I was not expecting to be impressed by this book but its evocative Gothic setting coupled with a heart-wrenching portrayal of the simple need we have to love and be loved blew me away. This is one of the few books that has stayed with me long after I read it.

The playlist for Dream Boy:

Cemetery Party - Air
Green Arrow - Yo La Tengo
Gold Day - Sparklehorse
We're Going to Be Friends - The White Stripes
Concrete Heart - Great Lake Swimmers
My Little Corner of the World - Yo La Tengo
Lord Let It Rain on Me - Spiritualized
Dog Faced Boy - Eels
All We Have Is Now - The Flaming Lips
Flying Dream - Elbow
Emergency Exit - Beck
First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes

I welcome any more suggestions.


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