I want to again thank Casperian Press for having the guts to publish this book.
My agent, Jack Scovil, who passed away last year, had tremendous faith in the manuscript. I'm sure he'd be pleased with the book's reception. I wish I could share with him the many personal notes I've received from social workers and therapists who work with lost children, and from those people who were for a time lost themselves. I'm grateful to everyone who has experienced this dysfunctional novel. Thank you all.
The story in Paperboy takes place in 1969, the year man first walked on the moon. All these years later, the subject of consensual sex between siblings (sometimes referred to as “harmful behavior” rather than abuse) is rarely mentioned, seldom discussed even among survivors themselves, and remains one of the last taboos to be addressed by society.