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Hobbledehoy Boy Richard Stickann

Hobbledehoy Boy

Richard Stickann

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ISBN : 9781484118313
Paperback
337 pages
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“He was a member of his own club, the sole member, the charter member who founded the club of one- he was its president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. One virgin. The One Virgin Club.”This describes Kirk, the main character from RichardMore“He was a member of his own club, the sole member, the charter member who founded the club of one- he was its president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. One virgin. The One Virgin Club.”This describes Kirk, the main character from Richard Stickann’s new novel Hobbledehoy Boy. He’s a boy who just can’t get the coming of age thing right. It’s his adolescence that has him stymied.Kirk’s status as a hobbledehoy continually worsens for several reasons, mainly because the girls who enter his life, the ones who frequently become his adversary, throw up confusion in every direction. He can’t speak their language, doesn’t get their jokes, and just when he thinks one finally likes him, he discovers she’s just using him for practice.Growing up on the South side of Chicago in the 60’s, in a heavily Catholic neighborhood, and in the shadow of his father’s untimely death, leaves Kirk wading through the murky waters of adolescence. His only role model is his wayward, pot-growing, STD-dodging, somewhat misogynistic older brother, Hump, who tries to lead Kirk into “adulthood,” but grows ever weary of his brother’s fear and awkwardness.Even when events lead Kirk to believe he will finally learn what women are about, something always seems to go hopelessly wrong. From a small bladder to Fig Newtons, a horny dog and ridiculous bunny slippers, outside influences always conspire to block his every move. Kirk spends much of his waking life trying to figure out who to blame for being a perpetual hobbledehoy.