OverviewWritten with a keen sense of comic timing, this novel is a sweet, laugh-out-loud look at the innocence of childhood in the leafy Webster Groves suburbs of 1960s Saint Louis. From falling for a girl with no-good-for-sports stick arms and beautiful penmanship to jumping freight trains, smoking cigarettes, robbing the local Ben Franklin—and, in his spare time, trying to get to heaven—Patrick Cantwell is learning all about life at Mary Queen of Our Hearts parochial school. By the time Patrick graduates second grade he’s practically a grown-up, complete with a broken heart, a police record, and memories of the Beatles at Busch Stadium.
Reviews“How often does a radio guy make you think of Mark Twain? Kevin remembers what it was like to be a kid.” —Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Kevin Killeen's utterly winning novel gives us the human comedy in full measure. Blessed with a genuine comic gift, Killeen manages to write with both hilarity and humanity. The book is a buoyant delight from beginning to end.” —David Carkeet, author, The Full Catastrophe
Author BiographyKevin Killeen is the host of the regular morning feature A Whole ‘nother Story on KMOX radio, where has been a reporter since 1995. He lives in St. Louis.